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Episode 6: Be going to

Mya is on her third win in a row! Is she going to continue the streak? She’s going to have to use all her knowledge of be going to for victory! And be going to is the topic of the show this time. We’re talking future predictions, plans and pronunciation. Do you know it all? Test yourself and find out!

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Will
Hello and welcome to the Grammar Gameshow! I’m your host, Will! – and where there’s a will, there’s a way! And of course let’s not forget Leslie, our all-knowing voice in the sky.

Leslie
Hello everyone!

Will
Tonight we’re going to ask you three questions about…

Leslie
Be going to! Those three little words that are followed by a bare infinitive and let us talk about the future.

Will
OK! Now, let’s meet our contestants!

Mya
Hello, everyone. I’m Mya!

Will
Contestant number two?

Tom

Hello, everyone. I’m Tom!

Will
Welcome back Mya! This is a hat-trick for you, isn’t it?

Mya
Yes. I’ve won three in a row!

Will
And, do you like hats?

Mya
I hate them

Will
Good! I wonder what our prize could be. Ok. Let’s get going and don’t forget you can play along at home too. Our first round is a video round. Watch the video and try to predict what happens next. Well, Mya, what do you think?

Mya
I think he’s going to sneeze.

Will
And what about you, Tom?

Tom
I think he’s going to yawn.

Will
Let’s see who was right… Oh dear. You were both wrong. But if you can tell me why we should use ‘be going to’ here, I’ll give you a point. Fastest finger first!

Mya
It’s a prediction based on something you can see at the time.

Will
Leslie?

Leslie
Well done, Mya. ‘Be going to’ is used to make predictions about the future based on present evidence.

Will
Well done, Mya.

Tom
But that’s not fair…where was the evidence that he was going to sing?

Will
It was right there! Let’s have a look again. See! One point for you Mya. On to our second question. In what other way can ‘be going to’ be used to talk about the future?

Tom
Future plans! ‘Be going to’ can be used to talk about future plans. For example:  I’m going to take a holiday next week.

Will
Leslie?

Leslie
Yes. ‘Be going to’ can be used to talk about future plans. Those are things that the speaker has decided before they talk about them. An example would be, ‘One day, I’m going to escape from my box in the sky, and see my family again.’

Will
Not if I can help it Leslie. Well done Tom. Three points to you. Where are you going on holiday by the way?

Tom
I’m not going on holiday. It was an example

Will
Oh dear! Oh no, no, no, no. Minus three points for lying. Everything to play for now guys. On to our final question. In what way can ‘be going to’ be pronounced in connected or fluent speech? Gonna!

Mya
Oh! Gonna! People say gonna! For example, I’m gonna win this game!

Tom
Oi!

Will
Calm down Tom. It’s not your fault she’s faster than you. Here's a bonus question. People say ‘gonna’, but what should they never do except in informal circumstances?

Tom
Write it down.

Will
Well done Mya! Two right answers! Tell them Leslie!

Leslie
Yes. People often say ‘I’m gonna’, ‘you’re gonna’, ‘he’s gonna’ in a very informal style, but we don’t recommend that you write it down.

Will
Fifty-twelve points to Mya. Well, that brings us to the end of today’s Grammar Gameshow. Let’s count out the points. And the winner is…Mya with six. Well done! Here’s what you’ve won!

Leslie
It’s a hat!

Will
To go with your hat trick! And you said you love hats!

Mya
No, I didn’t.

Will
Tom! Bad luck, old friend. Did you have fun?

Tom
You cheated! I want to complain…

Will
Here come the chickens! It looks like we’ll need another contestant. Thanks for joining us. Say goodbye, Leslie.

Leslie
Goodbye Leslie!

Will
See you next time. 

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Be going to 

A bare infinitive
Be going to is always followed by a bare infinitive verb.
I’m going to see my parents.
Are you going to travel this weekend?
He’s not going to pass his exams.

Future predictions
Be going to can be used to talk about future predictions based on present evidence. In other words, a future that can be predicted because of something that you can see, hear, or understand at the moment of speaking.
Look at those dark clouds. It’s going to rain.
Be careful or you are going to fall!
If she keeps swinging her watch around, she is going to lose it.

Future plans
Be going to is also used to talk about future plans. These are things which the speaker has decided on before the moment of speaking.
This evening I’m not going to go out. I’ve felt tired all day.
Are you still going to take a holiday? You booked it last week.
He says he’s going to climb Mount Everest! He’s planned the trip and everything!

Gonna
In fluent speech, especially in an informal situation, be going to is pronounced ‘gonna’ /gənə/. It is rarely written down this way, except in very informal communication.
I’m gonna stay here.
Are you gonna watch the movie?
It’s not gonna rain!

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