LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||04/MAI/2006 1:40 PM|
|Assunto:||Quando eu devo usar Will ou Going?|
Around 2003 I presented a very thoroughly researched lesson on this subject. Afterwards, the English professor who had observed the lesson said, "They're about the same." I think the witch gave me a "B-" for all my work. I think she was right.
As a rule of thumb, "I am going to do XYZ" is commonly used when the action is immediate. For example, you need some glue. You decide to go to the store. What do you tell your wife as you leave?
(a) Honey, I will go to the store!
(b) Honey, I am going to the store!
Obviously, the answer is "Honey, I am going to the store!" If you say "Honey, I will go to the store!", she's going to ask, "When? Next year? Next month? Next week? Tomorrow?"
Is there a difference between the following?
(a) Honey, next year I will go to Mexico.
(b) Honey, next year I am going to Mexico.
(c) I am going to study law in 2008.
(d) I will study law in 2008.
(e) Tomorrow I am going to see my uncle.
(f) Tomorrow I will see my uncle.
I find no major differences between them. When someone uses "I am going", nobody analizes the sentence and thinks, "Hmmmm.... he said 'am going' instead of 'will' or 'shall'. I think he's telling me that he's positive that he is going to do it, not just hoping or expecting to do it."
But that's just my opinion.
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