Going-to future


Going-to future

"Going-to future" is a term used to describe an English sentence structure referring to the future, making use of the verb phrase "to be going to". Most other languages use the same sort of structure to form a future tense.

Origin

The "going to" future originated by the extension of the spatial sense of the verb 'go' to a temporal sense (a common change - the same phenomenon can be seen in the preposition "before"). The original construction involved physical movement with an intention, such as "I am going [outside] to harvest the crop". The location later became unnecessary, and the expression was reinterpreted to represent a near future.

The colloquial form "gonna" is a relaxed pronunciation of "going to". For example, "This is gonna be awesome!". This now forms a clear separation of the locative and temporal senses of the expression: while "I am gonna swim" is syntactically similar, a sentence like "I am gonna the beach" is not.

Formation

subject + "be" (in the proper form for the subject) + "going to" + verb + any other information

Usage

Going-to future is used when the speaker wishes to express certainty about the future based on evidence or fact from the present or the speaker's opinion: "If you do not stop, you "are going to" be caught by the police and hauled back to jail." "Our houses "are going to" be swept away by the impending storm." (Here, "will" can be substituted for "going to" without changing the sentences' meaning.)

ee also

*shall and will
*grammatical tense
*grammatical aspect

External links

* [http://www.ingilizce.tk/?page=01/futuretense.htm Future Tense]
* [http://www.englishtenseswithcartoons.com/page/going_to.html Use and Form of Be going to + Exercises]
* [http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/future-1-going-to Exercises and explanation]


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