Lower Intermediate Stories

Plans for the Weekend

Look at these sentences and their meanings.

What are you doing ... ?
This is a question about the future. The present continuous tense is often used to talk about the future.

I'll probably ... ( = I will probably)
We use will to talk about the future when we haven't thought about the future much. We use it when we decide at the time of speaking.

I'm going to ...
We use going to when we have a plan. We have already thought about it.

A: Fred fell off the roof.
B: I'll call an ambulance.
(We just decided. It wasn't a plan.)

A: You have to leave now or you'll miss the train.
B: I'll catch the next one. (We just decided. It wasn't a plan.)

A: It's Sam's birthday on Saturday.
B: I'll give him a party. (We just decided. It wasn't a plan.)

A: There's a fancy dress party at the school on Friday night.|
B: Yes, I'm going to dress up as Frankenstein. (It was a plan.)

A: The Red Cross is asking for volunteers.
B: I'm going to call them this afternoon. (It was a plan.)

Write answers to these questions. Think about if it is a plan or if you are just deciding now.
1. What are you doing on Saturday night?
Your aunt walks in the house with 10 bags of shopping. It is very heavy! What will you do?
3. Your telephone rings. What will you do?
4. What are you going to do if it rains tomorow?
5. What are you going to do on your mother's birthday?