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verb (FUTURE TIME)    /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
be going to do/be sth A2 to intend to do or be something in the future: Are you going to go to Claire's party? He wants me to mend his shirt for him, but I'm not going to! I'm going to be a famous pop star when I'm older.In the future and soon A2 to be certain or expected to happen in the future: They're going to have a baby in the spring. There's going to be trouble when Paul finds out about this. The forecast said it was going to be hot and sunny tomorrow.In the future and soon Grammar:Future: be going to (I am going to work)See moreGrammar:Be going to: formWe use be going to + the base form of the verb:See moreGrammar:Be going to: usesBe going to is commonly used in informal styles.See moreGrammar:Gonna (informal contexts)See moreGrammar:Be going to or will?Will is often used in a similar way to be going to. Will is used when we are talking about something with absolute certainty. Be going to is used when we want to emphasise our decision or the evidence in the present:See moreGrammar:GoWe use go to refer to movement, most commonly away from the speaker or listener to another place. We normally use go without an object:See moreGrammar:Go + -ingWe use go + -ing form when we speak about general activities that involve movement:See moreGrammar:Go + complementWe use go + an adjective (complement) to describe changes to the state of things:See moreGrammar:Go and, come andIn speaking, we often use and after go and come before the base form of verbs like ask, buy, check, collect, do, find, get:See moreGrammar:Going toSee moreGrammar:Going to: present continuousWe use the present continuous form of the verb go + preposition to + noun phrase to talk about movement in relation to a place or a person in the present:See moreGrammar:Going to: futureWe can use a present form of be + going to + the base form of a main verb to talk about the future. We use it for plans and intentions, predictions and commands:See moreGrammar:Was going toWe use a past form of be + going to when we talk about a plan we had that may have changed.See more
(Definition of go verb (FUTURE TIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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