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Dear teachers,

Would you please tell me if my choices are right ?

Choice of verb + future tense:

1) A - I’ve got to phone a Paris number. Do you know the code ?
B- No, I’LL LOOK IT UP in the directory for you.

2) A- What are you doing over the Easter holidays?
B- Absolutely nothing. We a) ARE GOING TO rest / b) ARE GOING TO HAVE A rest / c) ARE HAVING A rest.

3) A- Did you hear the weather forecast ?
B- Yes, It a) WILL BE / b) IS GOING TO BE cold at first, then c) IT WILL BE a little warmer this afternoon, and this evening d) THERE WILL BE some light showers.

4) A- Why did you buy a house in such a terrible condition ?
B- It was cheap. We ARE GOING TO modernize it from top to bottom, and we ARE GOING TO TURN IT into a restaurant. What do you think?

5) A- If you are elected, what WILL your party DO about unemployment ?
B- We have carefully considered this issue. When we are elected, as we most certainly a) WILL be / we b) ARE GOING TO create half a million new jobs.

6) A- What are you doing here ? Annie’s expecting you for lunch.
B- I completely forgot! I’LL GIVE HER a ring, and tell her I WILL be late. Thanks for reminding me.

7) A- How will the proposed tax increase on petrol affect your business ?
B- To be perfectly honest, we haven’t thought about it yet. We WILL cross that bridge when we get to it. (is this an idiom ?)

8) A- When is your baby due ?
B- Next month.
A- What ARE YOU GOING TO call it if it’s a boy?
B- Thomas.

9) A- I’m terribly sorry! I’ve spilt coffee on your carpet. It WILL stain.
B- Don’t worry. I’LL GET a cloth to wipe it off.

10) A- What a) WILL YOU DO / b) ARE YOU GOING TO DO when you have finished this course ?
B- a) I’LL GO / b) I’M GOING back to Spain.
A- Have you got a job in Spain?
B- No, I’M GOING back to university. I have to finish my final year.

11) A- WILL I disturb you if I ring tonight ?
B- Not at all. I a) WON’T BE DOING / b) I AM NOT DOING anything important.

12) A- What time a) DOES / b) WILL your train get in ?
B- At 11.00. If it’s late, I a) WILL / b) GOING TO miss my appointment.
A- Have you decided what you a) WILL DO / what b) TO DO if you don’t get the job?
B- I WILL do a retraining shceme.

Thank you very much in advance for your help.
Hela
Comments  
Looks good, Hela. As you have found, 'will' (future fact or present willpower) and 'be going to' (plan for the future) can often work interchangeably.

A few typos:

5)
B- We have carefully considered this issue. When we are elected, as we most certainly a) WILL be creating/ we b) ARE GOING TO create half a million new jobs.

7) We WILL cross that bridge when we get to it. (This is a proverb/idiom.)

12)
B- At 11.00. If it’s late, I a) WILL / b) I'm GOING TO miss my appointment.
B- I WILL take a retraining scheme ('program'?).
Thank you Mr Micawber.

Are there other comments?

All the best,
Hela
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Dear teachers,

Would you please give me your opinion about these tenses? Which ones are impossible and why ? Thank you in advance for your help.

5) A- If you are elected, what WILL your party DO about unemployment ?
B- We have carefully considered this issue. When we are elected, as we most certainly WILL be, we a) WILL CREATE / b) ARE GOING TO create / c) WILL BE CREATING half a million new jobs.

10) A- What a) WILL YOU DO / b) ARE YOU GOING TO DO / c) ARE you DOING when you have finished this course ?
B- a) I’LL GO / b) I’M GOING back to Spain.
A- Have you got a job in Spain?
B- No, I’M GOING back to university. I have to finish my final year.

All the best,
Hela
(5) 'will create, are going to create, will be creating'-- all these make good campaign promises.

(10) Again, all are viable and common options in these sentences, Hela.
Dear teachers,

If I ask a question with "WILL", should the answer be with "WILL" too ?

ex 1 : A- What WILL YOU DO when you have finished this course ?
B- a) I WILL GO / b) I’M GOING (= wrong ?) back to Spain.
A- Have you got a job in Spain?
B- No, I’M GOING back to university. I have to finish my final year.

ex 2: What ARE youGOING TO DO when you have finished this course ?
B- a) I’LL GO (= wrong ?) / b) I’M GOING back to Spain.
A- Have you got a job in Spain?
B- No, I’M GOING back to university. I have to finish my final year.

Thank you very much.
Hela
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