Going to

We use “going to” to talk about plans or intentions, things we have decided to do earlier, and when making predictions based on what we see. If you would like to learn more about this tense, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to look around, learn, and practice.

going to

We use it to talk about:

- INTENTIONS

She’s going to pay me back on Friday.

I’m not going to work this summer. I want some time off.

Is he going to start his own company?

- THINGS YOU HAVE DECIDED TO DO EARLIER

We are going to have a party tomorrow. Would you like to come?

We’re not going to be in town next week.

Are Cindy and Jordan going to go on vacation soon?

- MAKING PREDICTIONS BASED ON PRESENT EVIDENCE

It looks like it’s going to rain this afternoon.


I don’t think we are going to get to the theatre on time. There’s too much traffic

* NOTE: We can also use Future Simple with
will/won’t to make predictions.


I don’t think we will get to the theatre on time. There’s too much traffic.

Affirmative
I

you/we/they

he/she/it

am/’m

are/’re

is/’s

going to do/meet/go/etc.
Negative
I

you/we/they

he/she/it

am not/’m not

are not/’re not/aren’t

is not/’s not/isn’t

going to do/meet/go/etc.
Questions
Am

Are

Is

I

you/we/they

he/she/it

going to do/meet/go/etc ?

* NOTE: Negative questions are also possible. We generally use them to show surprise,
disbelief, or shock.

Isn’t he going to study architecture?