Dear Friends,

Imagine the following scenario:

Husband and wife are watching a boring film. The wife is trying to use explicit irony. What is the best choice:

Wife to husband: "I'll be ironic now: This film is fantastic" or "I'm going to be ironic now: This film is fantastic"?

If you follow grammar, 'will' might be better, since the wife's remark is spontaneous. 'To be going to', however, sounds better to me.

Thank you.

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Well, you see. There is a slight difference, will and going to is both used for future action, But:

Will is when you decide something 'Now'

Going to is used when you already have decided to do something in the future.

Eg. You can't say 'I will go to school' because you've already decided to go to school before so you should say "I'm going to school"

Lazzy boy
Hi Lazzy Boy,

Thanks a lot. Yes, I know all these rules very well but why do you think my intuition says 'to be going to' is better here?

Anyway, are you suggesting that 'will' is the right choice in this particular case, too?

Any more natives on this issue?

Thanks a lot.

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I really don't see any difference at all.
Thanks G.G.

PalinkasocsiThe wife is trying to use explicit irony.
She has planned it. It's not spontaneous if she's "trying". Therefore "going to", which is used for plans, sounds better to you, but both are fine, of course.

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Thanks CJ.


A small extra comment about the rather odd phrase, 'explicit irony'.

People who speak ironically do not normally first announce the fact. They just say something ironically, and leave the listener to figure it out. If you announce it, it pretty well defeats the purpose of speaking ironically. Emotion: wink

Hi Clive,

Good to hear from you.

So you say that my original husband-wife example is not irony?

Thank you.

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