With the right tools, we can build the house of English together.
• "What are you doing on Friday night?"• — "I'm going to a concert."
• "Are you working on Tuesday?"• — "No, I'm having a day off."
We have another way to talk about the future: the going to future (be going + infinitive). We use the going to future to talk about things that we have already decided to do but haven't arranged yet.
• "We've decided to go on holiday to Scotland this year. We're going to hire a car and spend most of the time at the west coast."• — "Are you going to visit any distilleries?"• "We aren't going to visit all of them, only two or three."
The going to future is also used to predict what's going to happen based on what you can see or what you know (present evidence).
• "Look at those dark clouds! I think it's going to rain."• "The rain's started already. It's not going to be a nice day."
Now try the exercise on the next page.
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