Making ‘Going to’ to express the Future

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We use going to when we talk about a plan or an intention: something that you have decided to do or
not to do. Or to make a prediction: something in the present tells you what is going to
happen in the future. And finally, to talk about a fact in the future.

Going To – Form

Here are the forms (positive, question, and negative) of making the verb going to:

Positive form of Going to Question form of Going to Negative form of Going to
I am

‘m

 

 

 

going to work.

 

Am I  

 

 

going to work?

I am not

‘m not

 

 

 

going to work.

He

She

it

is

‘s

Is he

she

it

He

She

it

is not

isn’t

‘s not

We

You

They

are

‘re

Are we

you

they

We

You

They

are not

aren’t

‘re not

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How do we use ‘Going to’?

There are three main ways to use Going to:

  1. When you are talking about a planned future action:
  • I’m going to see a football match on Thursday.
  • We aren’t going to the work party this weekend.

 

  1. When you want to talk about how something happening right now will affect the future:
  • Susan is going to fail her exam as she doesn’t study hard.
  • Look at the sky. It’s going to rain.
  • That car is going to have an accident.

 

  1. To make neutral statements about the future:
  • We are going to finish the project next week.
  • My father is going to retire next year.
  • I am going to work for a new company.