# A Puzzling Question?

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It is raining heavily. Don't go out. You.... wet.
a) will get
b) are going to get
c) are getting

I go for 'b', but I think that (a) is also OK. Am I right?

I would choose "a":

You'll get wet if you go out.

Omar AhmedI go for 'b', but I think that (a) is also OK. Am I right?

Yes, both A and B would work here.

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Omar Ahmed

What about the evidence' It is raining outside' ?

I'm sorry, I don't understand your question.

We often use going to to make a prediction about the future. Our prediction is based on present evidence. We are saying what we think will happen. Here are some examples:

• The sky is very black. It's going to snow.
• It's 8.30! You're going to miss your train!
• I crashed the company car. My boss isn't going to be very happy!

In these examples, the present situation (black sky, the time, damaged car) gives us a good idea of what is going to happen. The Persian learner thinks that 'BE GOING TO" is wrong

To me it sounded like a dialog.

— It's raining heavily.
— Don't go out! You'll get wet!

In this case it's a spontaneous response to the situation. That usually pulls in "will" ("'ll").

— I'm going to the library.
— What if the library is closed?
— Then I'll have a coffee at the shop next door.

If the answer key only accepts 'are going to', then I have to conclude that the question is not a good one.

CJ

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The answer key only accepts 'will'.

Omar Ahmed

The answer key only accepts 'will'.

OK. That sounds right to me.

CJ