“Will” & “Going To…” For The Future
(And Why Your Text-Book Is [probably] Wrong)
This is a subject which – quite frankly – has always pissed me off when it came to teaching out of a traditional text-book. This is because, like Ronnie says in the video below, the different text-books almost always say different things about “Will” & “Going to…” to discuss things/situations in The Future. These text-books will often state such things as, one is more “strong” – or that, one is for “things which are planned but not scheduled” – or, one is “intention but blah blah blah”… The truth of the matter is… They Are Wrong!!!
(In Regards To Usage…)
Both Of These Terms Express The Same Thing… There Is No Difference
(Except in the minds of those who spend all of their time writing English lessons and never actually communicating in English)
This is an example to show that – in SO MANY CASES – the “traditional” approach to teaching grammar, and the actual “rules” themselves are either just plain “wrong” – or – if at some point in the distant past, these so-called “rules” WERE true… they no-longer are, and there is no reason for following any of these so-called “rules” and further.
This, of course, is not true with all commonly-mistaken grammatical situations. But in this particular case, there are PLENTY of examples which break all of the so-called, “rules”… And they are not wrong.
So now, you tell me which is “stronger”, which is for “an intention with no definite plan”, and which is for “something which is scheduled”. And then, I’ll tell you that you can completely reverse both of those terms, in every one of the sentences above, and there will be ABSOLUTELY NOTHING which is grammatically wrong about any of them… EVER!!! The only difference between these two terms is in how the sentence is structured in order for the actual sentence to be grammatically correct.
And Ronnie is the first person I have EVER heard or seen (besides myself) who has said this
But for now, just watch the video and learn something good from an Excellent teacher… Enjoy!
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