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Hi teachers!

Can you please explain how the two sentences are different in meaning?


1. I will make a tea if you want some. (Well I think it literally means that I will not make a tea if you do not want some)


2. I am going to make a tea if you want some. ???


As always many thanks teachers.

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Right, (1) has the sense that you won't make tea if the other person doesn't want it, while (2) has the sense that you are going to make tea anyway, whether they want some or not.

"make a tea" is unusual at best. We can talk about "a tea" when ordering drinks, for instance, but "make a tea" sounds odd. You can say e.g. "... make a cup of tea if you want one".

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We say 'some tea 'or 'a cup of tea', but not 'a tea'.

However, in a restaurant, we sometimes ask for 'a tea'.


There's no real difference here between 'I will' and 'I am going to'.