Going to

We use going to 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.

Form

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?