Be Going To

The phrase “be going to” is used to talk about future plans or intentions. It indicates that something will happen because it has already been decided.
It is made with the present simple form of the verb “to be” (am/are/is) plus “going to”.

Positive: subject + am/are/is + going to + infinitive
Negative: subject + am/are/is + not + going to + infinitive
Question: am/are/is + subject + going to + infinitive?

Common uses:

1. Future plans and intentions

  • I am going to travel to Europe next summer.
  • They aren’t going to play football this afternoon.
  • Is she going to attend the meeting tomorrow?

2. Future predictions based on present evidence

  • Look at those clouds! It‘s going to rain soon.
  • He isn’t going to pass the exam if he doesn’t study.
  • Are we going to win the game tonight?

3. Future events that are certain or likely

  • They are going to have a baby in a few months.
  • We aren’t going to see a movie tonight because we have other plans.
  • Is it going to snow tomorrow?

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