School papers, Essays, Dissertations/Will VS be going to


Hope you are fine.

I have been meaning to ask you the following question for a long time:

Can we use "will" for  future planned activities? I think we cannot use "will" for future planned activities. I think we must use BE GOING TO + VERB if we want to talk about future planned activities. However, my friend disagrees and says "will" can also be used. 

Do you agree? 

Thank you for taking the time to help me.


If I understand the question correctly, I think "will" is the correct choice--"We will go to Texas on Thursday." I think "be going to" just adds unnecessary words, which is almost never good. But, if you're talking about future plans, you might be more likely to say, "We plan to go to Texas on Tnursday."

Hope this helps.

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