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How to Talk About New Year’s Resolutions and Other Plans for the Future…

Since it is the new year and so many people spend time making New Year’s Resolutions, I thought it would be a good time to talk about all of the different ways of saying what you’re going to do in the future.

 

1. Plans made before now

-BE GOING TO DO: .

-BE DOING:

Michelle: This year I’m going to join a gym

Michelle: This year I’m joining a gym.

 

2. Decisions made in the moment

-WILL DO:

Barack: You’re joining a gym? I’ll join too! (In this scenario, Barack didn’t know about Michelle’s plan before he spoke.)

 

3. Scheduled events

-SIMPLE PRESENT:

Yes ma’am…

Michelle: OK, the gym opens at 4am tomorrow. Let’s go!

 

4. Predictions

-WILL DO:

-BE GOING TO DO:

Who me?

Michelle: You’ll sleep in, won’t you?

Michelle: You’re going to sleep in, aren’t you?

 

5.The immediate future

-BE ABOUT TO DO:

Barack: Maybe I’ll start my diet next week. I’m about to go to McDonalds in a few minutes!

ESL Teacher Matt Walsh

English teacher for over 7 years at Cal America!

Matt Walsh

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