- English Grammar A2 Level - https://open.books4languages.com/english-a2-grammar -

Be going to

Introduction

Be going to is a structure that refers to the future {see Be going to [1], A1 level}.

Form

 {See Be going to [1], 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 [1] structure to talk, deny or ask about:

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

Summary

We can use be going to [1] to express commands, predictions and things that are about to happen.

For example:
— “I am going to work on an important project next month.” = We use be going to [1] to show the speaker’s intention of working on an important project, but it is not arranged yet.
♦ “I am working on an important project next month.” = We use present continuous [2] for future to show that it is already arranged that the speaker will work on an important project.

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