Be going to
We use BE GOING TO when talking about plans or intentions
We still try to meet up as often as we can. In fact, we are going to attend our mutual friend’s wedding next month.
We also use BE GOING TO for making predictions based on evidence we can see:
His business is extremely successful and if he keeps growing like this, he’s going to be a very rich man in ten years’ time!
The Present Tense
We use the present tense to talk about things that are scheduled.
Actually, this weekend, we plan to go to a football game together. The game starts at 5pm so we have plenty of time to have a few beers and catch up beforehand.
We use the PRESENT CONTINUOUS to talk about future plans or arrangements
In fact, I am meeting Tom tomorrow for lunch. We plan to go to an Italian restaurant in the city center so I’m really looking forward to that.
Would like, Plan, Hope, Expect,
Going forward, I know that we’d both like to visit Paris someday.
We plan to start a business together.
Regarding his future plans, he hopes to finish his PHD this year.
I expect us to continue our close friendship for many years.
Modal Verbs (May, Might)
We use modal verbs MAY and MIGHT to talk about the future when we are not sure about what will happen
In terms of the future, he might go back to university this year so that will mean that we see each other less.
We are thinking about starting a business together. It may be something we do once we finish university.
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