like to know please under what circumstances we should use wanna
and gonna, and what exactly they mean. Thank you.
and gonna are frequently used in speech in informal colloquial
English, particularly American English, instead of want to
and going to. You will also see them used in writing in quotes
of direct speech to show the conversational pronunciation of want
to and going to.
to express the going to form of the future is used with first
second and third person singular and plural. Note that in the interrogative,
are is omitted in second person singular and first and second
we gonna do now? (= What are we going to do now?)
know about you two. I'm gonna put my feet up and take a
gonna carry on and try and get there before dark.
he gonna wear on his wedding day?
~ I dunno. But he's gonna look real smart.
can be used with all persons singular and plural, except third person
singular. This is because wanna scans with I want to,
you want to, we want to, they want to, but
not with he/she wants to where the final s is too
you wanna do now? (Instead of: What do you want to do now?)
wanna go home. My mum and dad are waiting for me and they
wanna go out.
never give up gambling. I'm sure of that. ~ You wanna bet?
(which means: Do you want to place a bet on that?)
term derives originally from the US, but is now used extensively
in British English. A
wannabee (literally a want-to-be) is someone who is
trying to copy somebody else. Usually the person they are trying
to copy is somebody famous.
of Britney Spears wannabees raided the shops where she
had bought her latest outfit.
is used in a similar way to gonna and wanna, in this
case to show the conversational pronunciation of have got to,
or as informal alternatives to have to or must. It
is not so much used in the interrogative:
go out there tonight. It's really dangerous.
man's gotta do what a man's gotta do
gotta / I've gotta phone home right now. My mum'll
gotta / You've gotta get changed right away. The
match starts in five minutes.
meaning I don't know is characteristic of very informal speech
in British English. Note that the word stress in this expression
is on the second syllable, whereas with gonna, gotta and
wanna it is on the first syllable.
you going to college when you leave school? ~ Dunno!
you quit your job if they re-locate to Manchester?
~ I dunno.
to use these expressions
don't ever need to use these forms actively yourself, Daniel, as
a language learner. They may sound too informal if you do, although
if other native speakers of English around you are using them, there
is probably no reason why you shouldn't use them too, as you 'grow
into them.' It is, of course, important to recognise and understand
wanna and gonna in the history of popular music
wanna and gonna have been used regularly in the titles
and lyrics or popular songs since the 1950s or even earlier.
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