will ┆ be going to ┆ be -ing
Be Going To
(1) future plans decided before
"I can't go with you tonight I'm going to study at the library with some friends."
(2) predictions we can see now
"Look at the clouds! It's going to rain."
Predicting the Future 1
(1) Future facts
"I will turn 33 next year."
(2) Prodictions based on your opinion
"I believe my team will win tomorrow."
(3) time and conditional clauses
"He'll probably call if he gets stuck in traffic."
"When you get home will you make dinner?"
Three Ways to Express Future Events
(1) present continuous: Emphasizes the present effect of the future event. Fixed plans. (2) be going to: Emphasizes the intention. Plans made in the past. (3) present simple: Future event based on a schedule or timetable. Used in subordinate clauses.
Possible situation in the present or future ￫ Prediction • Intention