Learn English Grammar – Will or Going to?
We use ‘will’ to talk about things that we believe will happen in the future:
‘I will replace the rusty tap next week.’
‘My brother will turn 30 in May.’
‘There will be a new school built here next year.’
We also use ‘will’ at the moment we make a decision.
‘I think I will come for a walk with you after all.’
‘I will try one of those chocolate cakes, just let me finish my ice cream.’
We also use ‘going to’ to talk about the future, but when there is a connection to our present situation.
So we use ‘going to’ when we have already decided or already planned to do something.
‘I’m going to the street festival this weekend.’
‘I’m going to meet my sister after work.’
And we use ‘going to’ when there is evidence in the present or a sign that something is going to happen:
‘I felt a raindrop on my neck. It’s going to rain.’
‘Be careful, you’re going to spill your milkshake.’