The Going to Future


How to Form the "going to" Future

The rule to form the "going to" future is:
form of "to be" + going + infinitive

Mary is going to sing.
We are going to start a yoga school.
They are going to move to Alaska.

The form of "to be" is often abbreviated when the "going to" form is used in spoken language.

I am going to -> I'm going to
She is going to -> She's going to
We are going to -> We're going to

How to Use the "going to" Future

1. If you have evidence or proof that something is going to happen
If you look at the thermometer at night and temperatures are close to zero, you can say:

I bet it is going to freeze tonight.

If your friend tells you things are not going too well at her boutique, you can say:

Her boutique is probably going to go bust some time soon.

2. General plans for the future

If you are planning to do something but you have not yet made concrete plans or scheduled anything, you can also use the "going to" future.

If you are unhappy with your weight and have decided to do something about it, you can proudly tell your friends:

This spring I'm going to join a gym!

If a little boy comes home inspired from a dance performance, he can tell his mother:

Mom, I'm going to be a ballet dancer!

If Martha is still supporting her ex boyfriend after two years, she is probably going to brace herself and tell him:

John, I'm not going to support you forever!

After reading this article you are hopefully going to say:

As I know everything about the "going to" future now, I'm going to pass this precious knowledge on to my friends in class tomorrow.