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be going to/could


be going to/could
Good day fellow teachers,
Could you please help me understand this point in grammar:
In Close-up b1 1st edition, there was this question in the workbook:
Correct the verb with be going to 
Be careful! You .................. (hurt) yourself with that hammar.
In Close-up b1 2nd edition, the book gave this example of using might/could for predictions we believe but don īt have any evidence for:
Be careful! You might/could break the window.
If going to was used in the first sentence with "Be careful" for predictions that we have an evidence for, how can might/could be used in the 2nd sentence with "Be careful" to show a prediction we don īt have any evidence for? 

23 Nov 2016      

United States

Actually, all the choices are correct and common.
Be careful: You īre going to hurt yourself.
Be careful! You might hurt yourself.
Be careful! You could hurt yourself. 
I would say "might" and "could" are warnings rather than predictions.

23 Nov 2016     

United States

I agree. they are warnings. 

23 Nov 2016     


Thank you very much for your clarification

24 Nov 2016