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Hello.

In this sentence:

"They say this winter________(be) much colder than last week"

I need to use "This winter will be much colder.."

Or I supposed to write"this winter is going to be much colder.."

Please help me.

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I would say, ...this winter is going to be much colder than last week, but looking at the brakets where only "be" is placed (hence a form of that should be written), I am confused a little.
It's an odd sentence. It compares an entire season (winter) to a single week (last week). Not a realistic sentence at all, a bit like saying this ocean is going to be wetter than this glass of water.
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Quite so Nona. This sentence doesn't make much sense to me.

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I didn't notice that. Emotion: sad

But if we say simply, "They say this winter is going to be cold", is going to would be the right choice, wouldn't it?
yes.
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I believe that the sentence
"They say this winter will be much colder than last week."

is the correct one because ....

you usually use the going-to-future when you have a plan and can actively change it.

In this case you cannot change the weather, can you?

just my 2 cts Emotion: big smile
Not necessarily. Like who was it who mentioned in another post, 'will' is for more definite things and 'going to' not so. Like a conversation could go.

A: "It looks like it's going to rain."
B: "It will rain for sure."

A: "My friend said that it is going to be much colder this winter."
B: "Yeah it is. The meteorologist said that it will be much colder this winter."
"They say this winter________(be) much colder than last week"
Let's say the last word is "winter" so that the sentence makes more sense.

They say this winter is going to be much colder than last winter.

This is emotionally warmer and therefore suggests that maybe we should make some preparations for a cold winter. It also fits well with "They say", and taken together with "going to", it invites further conversation by its informality.

They say this winter will be much colder than last winter.

This is emotionally remote and a much more factual statement. Perhaps it was heard on television or was part of a report on climate changes. In my opinion it doesn't go with "They say" quite as well. To me, a more consistent phrase would be "Scientists predict that" or something of that nature.

Meteorologists report that this winter will be much colder than last winter.

That said, either choice is correct. The differences are minimal.
Emotion: smile
CJ
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