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Unit 2.2

Be going to

Verb Phrase

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

 {See Be going to, A1 level}.

  1. 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?
  2. Things that are about to happen
    • Look at the sky. It is going to rain.
    • Look at the sky. It is not going to rain.
    • Look at the sky. Is it going to rain?
  3. 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.

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).

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

For example:
— “I am going to send him an email about my decision.” = We use be going to to show the speaker’s intention of sending an email, but it is not arranged yet.
♦ “I am sending him an email about my decision tonight.” = We use present continuous for future to show that it is already arranged that the speaker will send an email.

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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