Unit 2.2

Be going to

Verb Phrase

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Introduction

Be going to is a structure that refers to the future {see Be going to, A1 level}.

Form

 {See Be going to, A1 level}.

Example

Commands

  • You are going to talk to the boss!
  • He is going to work as a babysitter.
  • They are not going to meet with the client.

Predictions

  • The profit is low.
  • We are going to go bankrupt.
  • The profit is high. We are not going to go bankrupt.
  • The profit is low. Are we going to go bankrupt?

Things that are about to happen

  • Look at the statistics. It is going to be a successful marketing campaign.
  • Look at the statistics. It is not going to be a successful marketing campaign.
  • Look at the statistics. Is it going to be a successful marketing campaign?

Use

We use the future with the be going to structure to talk, deny or ask about:

  1. Predictions (based on signs we see at the moment);
  2. Things that are about to happen (that we are sure about);
  3. Commands (affirmative and negative forms).

Summary

We can use be going to to express predictions, things that are about to happen and commands.

For example:
— „I am going to work on an important project next month.“ =  be going to
♦ „I am working on an important project next month.“ = present continuous

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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