"Will do" and "going to do"

Arndís

Kwiziq community member

30 April 2018

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"Will do" and "going to do"

I am neither a native English nor French speaker, but quite fluent in English still. I don't understand the difference made in the quiz between "After lunch, the girls will do their homework" and "After lunch, the girls are going to do their homework" as these have exactly the same meaning in English, as far as I know. 

This relates to:
Conjugate faire in Le Futur (future tense) -

Alan

Kwiziq community member

30 April 2018

30/04/18

I think they both describe the same situation, but there is a difference in register - the first sentence is more formal.

In the second sentence it sounds to me like the girls have decided to do their homework after lunch; in the first sentence it sounds like they've been told to, or they always do it then.

You might find this document useful to explain some of the differences in usage between the two future tenses in English which seem to be roughly the same in French:

https://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/pdf/taf4.pdf

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Hi Arndís,

I agree with Alan in that there is slight difference in register between, e.g.:

Je vais te dire. -- I am going to tell you.
Je te dirai. -- I'll tell you.

In addition, it seems that there is also slight different in temporal proximity. La future proche (Je vais te dire) is slightly closer to the present than la future simple (Je te dirai).

-- Chris

Arndís

Kwiziq community member

11 May 2018

11/05/18

Thank you for your replies, I think I'm a step closer to understanding the difference. 

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