What’s the difference between “will turn on” and “going to turn on “?

I was playing an ESL Future Tenses Review Game when I came across the following question: You and your friend are reading. It’s getting dark and you decide to turn on the light. You stand up and walk towards the light switch. A: What are you doing? B: __________________ I’ll turn on the light. I’m … Read more

Clarification on an example contrasting the “BE going to ɪɴꜰɪɴɪᴛɪᴠᴇ” future with the “BE ᴠᴇʀʙ‑ing” future

I’ve been looking at the difference in sentences that express future events: those using “BE going to ɪɴꜰɪɴɪᴛɪᴠᴇ” versus those using “BE ᴠᴇʀʙ-ing” (sometimes called the present continuous or present progressive). If I understand correctly, the difference is: The BE going to ɪɴꜰɪɴɪᴛɪᴠᴇ form is used for future plans (or events) that are certain: I … Read more

“Will” and “going to” (Murphy’s ‘Grammar in Use’ exercise)

Here is an example from Murphy’s grammar textbook: You are in a restaurant. You and your friend are looking at the menu. Maybe your friend has decided what to have. You ask her/him. You: What …? The correct answer is "What are you going to have?" My question is: the decision is being made at … Read more

Modal verb “will” to describe a present situation

I heard a phone conversation between a person wishing to buy theater tickets and a sales agent like the following: “I want to buy two tickets for tonight’s show.” “Certainly. I’ll need your credit card information.” I believe just to say “I need your credit card information” makes perfect sense. What are the purposes/effects of … Read more

The future tense (will / going to )?

Could anyone answer this then explain correctly? Choose : Be careful, you ….. your hand with that knife . will cut / are going to cut /are cutting Answer If the knife-wielder is actually in the process of cutting into her hand and somehow hasn’t noticed, then: Be careful, you are cutting your hand! is … Read more

Is “gonna have to” an Americanism?

First of all, I have read the answers about “gonna have to” usage, and they are quite clear: I am gonna have to vs I have to and why-prefix-a-request-with-im-going-to-have-to-ask-you The answers say that the extra words work as a politeness device. OK. But I have heard gonna have to only from American English speakers, so … Read more