WILL and BE GOING TO exercises with answers (intermediate students)

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Future tense - GOING TO exercises (with answers)

1. Complete the conversations. Put in will or be going to with the verbs.

Carol: Have you got a ticket for the play?
Daniel: Yes, I____________ (see) it on Thursday.

Juliet: The alarm's going. It's making an awful noise.
Mike: OK, I____________ (switch) it off.

Daniel: Did you buy this book?
Mark: No, Emma did. She_____________ (read) it on holiday.

Laura: Would you like tea or coffee?
Sarah: Oh, I______________ (have) coffee, please.

Thomas: I'm going to miss a good film on TV because I'll be out tonight.
Laura: I ____________ (record) it for you if you like.

Rachel: I'm just going out to get a paper.
Emma: What newspaper ___________________ (you/buy)?

2. What would you say? Use will or be going to.

Example
You want to express your intention to look round the museum.
Your friend: Do you have any plans for this afternoon?
You: Yes, I'm going to look round the museum.

a) You predict the landing of aliens on the earth in the next ten years.
Your friend: All this talk about aliens is complete nonsense, isn't it?
You: Is it? I think ________________________________________.

b) You know that your friend's sister has decided to get married.
Your friend: Have you heard about my sister?
You: Well, I heard that ________________________________.

c) You suddenly decide you want to invite Luisa for a meal.
Your friend: Did you know Luisa will be in town next weekend?
You: No, I didn't. ____________________________________. 

d) You hate dogs. Dogs always attack you if they get the chance.
Your friend: That dog doesn't look very friendly.
You: It's coming towards us. ___________________________.

3. Complete the news report about the village of Brickfield. Use will or be going to. Sometimes either is possible.

We have learned this week that the local council has plans for Westside Park in Brickfield.
The council ____________ (sell) the land to a builder, Forbes and Son. The plans are all ready. '___________ (we/build) fifty houses,' said Mr Forbes. 'In two years' time, everything ___________ (be) finished.' I'm sure people ___________ (like) the houses. Most of them ___________ (be) for young families. And we intend to take care of the environment. '___________ (we/not/cut) down all the trees, only a few of them.' But people living near the park are angry. 'This is a terrible idea. We're all against it,' said Mrs Mary Brent. ___________ (we/have) a protest march on Saturday. I expect everyone in Brickfield ___________ (be) there. We've reached our decision. ___________ (we/stop) this plan.

ANSWERS

1. Complete the conversations. Put in will or be going to with the verbs.

Carol: Have you got a ticket for the play?
Daniel: Yes, I'm going to see it on Thursday.

Juliet: The alarm's going. It's making an awful noise.
Mike: OK, I'll switch it off.

Daniel: Did you buy this book?
Mark: No, Emma did. She is going to read it on holiday.

Laura: Would you like tea or coffee?
Sarah: Oh, I'll have coffee, please.

Thomas: I'm going to miss a good film on TV because I'll be out tonight.
Laura: I'll record it for you if you like.

Rachel: I'm just going out to get a paper.
Emma: What newspaper are you going to buy?

2. What would you say? Use will or be going to.

a) You predict the landing of aliens on the earth in the next ten years.
Your friend: All this talk about aliens is complete nonsense, isn't it?
You: Is it? I think aliens will land on the earth in the next ten years.

b) You know that your friend's sister has decided to get married.
Your friend: Have you heard about my sister?
You: Well, I heard that she is going to get married.

c) You suddenly decide you want to invite Luisa for a meal.
Your friend: Did you know Luisa will be in town next weekend?
You: No, I didn't. I'll invite her for a meal.

d) You hate dogs. Dogs always attack you if they get the chance.
Your friend: That dog doesn't look very friendly.
You: It's coming towards us. It is going to attack us/me.

3. Complete the news report about the village of Brickfield. Use will or be going to. Sometimes either is possible.

We have learned this week that the local council has plans for Westside Park in Brickfield.
The council is going to sell the land to a builder, Forbes and Son. The plans are all ready. 'We are going to build fifty houses,' said Mr Forbes. 'In two years' time, everything will be (also possible: is going to be) finished.' I'm sure people will like (also possible: are going to like) the houses. Most of them will be (also possible: are going to be) for young families. And we intend to take care of the environment. 'We aren't going to cut (also possible: We won't cut) down all the trees, only a few of them.' But people living near the park are angry. 'This is a terrible idea. We're all against it,' said Mrs Mary Brent. We are going to have a protest march on Saturday. I expect everyone in Brickfield will be (also possible: is going to be) there. We've reached our decision. We are going to stop (Also possible: We will stop) this plan.

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