Will vs Going To - Learn The Differences

grammar Feb 20, 2021

Do we say, “I’m going to a meeting next week”, or “I will go to a meeting next week”?

This question is one of the most common questions that almost every English and business English learner asks when learning with us. So in this blog post, I’m going to walk you through the main difference between these two words.

Let’s start with “Going to”.


Going to

Going to is the present continuous tense. It can be used to express future plans or arrangements that were decided before the moment of speaking.

“I’m going to a meeting next week”.

In this example, I am saying that I have already decided that next week, I’m going to a meeting.

We use “going to” because we have already made this decision before the time of speaking.

Now let’s look at “will”.


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Will is the future tense. It can be used to express future plans or arrangements that were decided at the moment of speaking.

“Oh, we have no paper in the photocopier”.
“Ok, I will go and get some now!”

In this example, I have just found out that we have no paper, so I make the decision to get some more.

We use “will” because we make the decision to get more paper at the time of speaking.

So that is the main difference between “going to” and “will”. I hope you found this information useful and helpful, and if you did, please share it with your social networks.

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