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Was going to: the future in the past
Sometimes we make plans for the future, but the plans don't actually happen. Speakers of English use was/were + 'going to' + base verb (without 'to') to look back at the plans we made but didn't do.
I was going to visit my uncle in Thailand last Spring, but I couldn't afford a ticket.
Time expressions can be used if the speaker wants to say when the action should have happened.
But it is not always necessary to use a time expression.
When the subject of the sentence is I/he/she/it, use 'was'.
When the subject of the sentence is you/we/they, use 'were'.
In spoken English, the phrase 'going to'
can be pronounced word by word, especially when speaking slowly,
or in formal situations.
promises you make to yourself about how you are going to improve your life by changing your behaviour; people often make resolutions at New Year
to have high hopes:
to feel very positive and optimistic about the future of something
he had a skeleton in his closet:
he had a secret about something bad that happened in the past
the situation is completed and can not be changed