Dialogue and Multiple Choice Questions: Planning a Party

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This dialogue focuses on planning a party in the future.  Practice this dialogue with a friend or classmate. As you read and understand the dialogue, note future forms. 

Planning a Party

(two neighbors talking)

Martha: What horrible weather today. I'd love to go out, but I think it will just continue raining.
Jane: Oh, I don't know. Perhaps the sun will come out later this afternoon.

Martha: I hope you're right.

Listen, I'm going to have a party this Saturday. Would you like to come?
Jane:Oh, I'd love to come. Thank you for inviting me. Who's going to come to the party?

Martha: Well, a number of people haven't told me yet. But, Peter and Mark are going to help out with the cooking!
Jane: Hey, I'll help, too!

Martha: Would you? That would be great!
Jane: I'll make lasagna!

Martha: That sounds delicious! I know my Italian cousins are going to be there. I'm sure they'll love it.
Jane: Italians? Maybe I'll bake a cake...

Martha: No, no. They're not like that. They'll love it.
Jane: Well, if you say so... Is there going be a theme for the party?

Martha: No, I don't think so. Just a chance to get together and have fun.
Jane: I'm sure it'll be lots of fun.

Martha: But I'm going to hire a clown!
Jane: A clown! You're kidding me.

Martha: No, no. As I child, I always wanted a clown. Now, I'm going to have my clown at my own party.


Jane :I'm sure everyone will have a good laugh.

Martha: That's the plan!

Comprehension Quiz

Check your understanding with this multiple choice comprehension quiz.

1. Why isn't Martha going out?

  • The weather's bad.
  • She has an appointment.
  • She's going to have a party.

​2. What does Jane think might happen?

  • The weather will get worse.
  • The sun will come out later.
  • It'll get colder soon.

3. What's Martha going to do soon?

  • Go to work
  • Make lunch
  • Have a a party

4. Why does Jane change her mind about cooking lasagna for the party?

  • She doesn't have all the ingredients necessary.
  • She's nervous about cooking lasagna for Italians.
  • She can't come to the party.

5. What's the theme of the party?

  • There's no theme, just a chance to get together.
  • Clowns are the theme.
  • It's a baby shower for her friend.

6.  Which entertainment is Martha going to have?

  • There'll be a clown.
  • She's serving a special dinner.
  • She's asked a band to play.

Answers

  1. The weather's bad.
  2. The sun will come out soon.
  3. Have a party
  4. She's nervous about cooking lasagna for Italians.
  5. There's no theme, just a chance to get together.
  6. There'll be a clown.

Differences between Will and Going to

You can use both 'will' or 'going to' in the future, but we generally use 'going to' when speaking about plans:

Mary: What's Ann going to do next week?
Susan: She's going to visit her friend in Chicago next week. 

'Will' is used to make predictions:

Peter: What do you think about Tom. 
John: I think he'll win the election the next month.

Make promises:

Son: I promise I'll clean up after the party.
Mom: Okay, you can have a party next week.

React to situations and information as they arise:

Student: I don't understand this grammar.
Teacher: I'll help you. What don't you understand.

Grammar Quiz

Use 'will' or 'going to' to fill in the gaps.

  1. What _____ you _______ (do) next weekend? Do you have any plans?
  2. David: I'm hungry! Ken: I ________ (make) you a sandwich. What do you want?
  3. I __________ (finish) the report by the end of next week. You can believe me.
  4. What do you think you ________ (study) when you go to college in five years?
  5. He promises they _______ (deliver) the package by the end of the week.
  6. I've finally made up my mind. I __________ (become) a lawyer when I grown up.
  7. It's hard to predict the future. I think we _______ (live) here for a long time, but you never know.
  8. I've bought my ticket. I ___________ (fly) to Chicago next week.

    Answers

    1. are you going to do - asking for future plans
    2. will make - reacting to a situation
    3. will finish - making a promise
    4. are going to study - asking about future plans
    5. will deliver -  promise
    6. am going to become - future intention or plan
    7. will live - making a future prediction
    8. am going to fly - future plans

     

     

    Teachers can find help on teaching future forms to help students learn the differences between 'will' and 'going to'.

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