Will+infinitive - be going to - present continuous - future continuous
MAKING DECISION ABOUT THE FUTURE PLAN WHILE SPEAKING
+ MAKING A PREDICTION BASED ON PERSONAL OPINION
+ EXPRESSING FUTURE FACTS
'I'll see you tomorrow.'
‘I think you’ll love this film!’
The class will finish at 7.30 tonight.
This is 'will' + the infinitive.
2) be going to
DECISION HAS BEEN MADE BEFORE SPEAKING
+ MAKING A PREDICTION BASED ON EVIDENCE
'I'm going to see you tomorrow'
'They say the weather will be nice tomorrow' 'Really? Oh well, in that case, I think I'll go to the beach'
(DECISION MADE AT THE TIME OF SPEAKING)
'They say the weather will be nice tomorrow' 'I know - I checked the news yesterday. I'm going to go to the beach. Would you like to come?'
(DECISION MADE EARLIER)
The traffic is terrible! We're going to be late.
3) present continuous
DEFINITE PLANS AND ARRANGEMENTS ALREADY MADE
+ SOCIAL PLANS AND MEETINGS
+ THINKING ABOUT A PARTICULAR TIME IN THE FUTURE
'I'm staying at the Beach Hotel.’ (I’ve already made the reservation)
‘I’m meeting you at the exit.’
‘What are you doing this weekend?’
4) future continuous
EMPHASIZING ACTIVITY AT A PARTICULAR (OR THE SAME) TIME IN THE FUTURE
"I'll be seeing you tomorrow."
'At this time tomorrow, I'll be swimming in the sea. No more work for me - I'm on holiday!'
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