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Friday Message: How to Use "Going to"

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How to Use "Going to"

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Beginners - Unit 8

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Today I’m going to teach you about “going to” and how to use it correctly. Here I have used “I’m going to teach you” because it’s my intention ☺

“Going to” is used for events which are planned or expected.
Look at the following conversation between Chris (C) and Stacey (S) to see how it is used:

C: Good morning, Stacey. Do you have any plans for the summer holiday? I’m going to spend a week in Ibiza with my friends.

S: I’m not sure what I’m going to do, Chris. I may just stay here and spend time with my family. I’m very excited about next winter though as my family and I are going to go skiing in the Alps.

C: That sounds like fun, Stacey. My family and I are going to Thailand to escape the cold winter. We do that every year. Anyway, Stacey, I have to go. I’m going to have lunch with a close friend this afternoon.

S: OK, Chris, see you tomorrow!

Remember we form this verb form using subject + the verb to be conjugated correctly + going to + the base form of the verb and to form the negative we just add “not” after the verb ”to be” and follow the same structure, for example:

We are not going to come to the party. (or the contracted form “We’re not going to come to the party.”)

“Going to” may also be used for predictions based on evidence we are able to see as we speak. For example,

• That book is going to fall off the table!
• Look at those clouds! I think it’s going to rain today.
• I have just broken my wife’s favorite vase. She’s not going to be happy!

Well, there you have it! I hope this has been helpful for you. For more information on “going to”, please check out unit 47 of the ABA online course.

See you soon!

Have a nice weekend.
Graham Weeks

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