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Hello,

is it possible to use go after going to for the futere?

Sally´s list of New Year´s resolutions. Write sentences about what she is going to do this year:

...

go to aerobics class once a week

go out with friends at the weekend

...

My solution:

1) I am going to go to aerobics class once a week.

2) I am going to go out with friends at the weekend.

(textbook: exercise 4, Matrix Pre-Intermediate, Oxford University Press 2002/2004, page 59)

Another textbook says:

The verbs to go and to come don´t usually use the phrase going to. It is usually replaced by the present continuous. (Angličtina pro samouky, Leda 1995, the Czech Republic, page 165)

However, it seems to me that the author of the textbook Matrix wanted the students to use the phrase going to because there is no mention of this replacing by present continuous in case of those to verbs (go and come).

Thank you for your answers Mowgli
Junior Member55
Hi,

Actually in English mostly we are using "going to" to indicate future tense, but i think when we use going to means it is mostly confirmed that it will happen.

e.g I am going to go to London next Monday means here I am little bit sure that I will go Londonnext Monday

It is going to happen - Here we are sure that i will happen
New Member10
you're right sanpal but not exactly. you wrote there:

e.g I am going to go to London next Monday means here I am little bit sure that I will go Londonnext Monday

but this is real answer: I'm going to go to London next monday means like that, I'm going to London next monday.

you should'nt use will in this sentence because of we use will for future plans.
Full Member205
in addition we use will for our sudden resolve.
Anonymous:
1) We use "will" for solutions which are being decided. Example: Do you have coffee or tea? I will have tea;
2) We use "I am flying" (present continuous) for our plans. Example: I am playing tennis tomorrow;
3) We use "I am going to" for solutions which have decided. Example: I am going to buy new computer (But I don't know when it will be);
4) We I do (present simple) for time-table
example: train leaves station at 2:00 pm.
English Grammar in USE for Intermediate students Raymond Murphy!
Hello,

thank your for your answers. However, my problem is not when (in which situation) to use I am going. My problem is if it is allowed to use I´m going to go.... Repeat go - I´m going to go. (go twice? - going and go?)

Sorry for the wrong explanation at the beginning Mowgli
yes it is certainly true you can use " I'm going to go" but in my opinion you should use "going to go" for certain subjects.

for example; 1- i am going to london next monday. 2- i am going to go london next monday

But you see it is cloudly and you say "i think it is going to rain." this sentence is certain. by the way you can use go twice but the first sentence is better than the second sentence. both are correct, you can choose anyone.
Mowgli,

"going to go" is perfectly fine.
Don't worry about it!

Jim
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Anonymous:
I agree, Jim.

I'm going to tell the boss what I think of him.

I'm going to go (and/to) tell the boss what I think of him. (Emphatic determination)

I'm going to marry Sally after all.

I'm going to go (and/to) marry Sally after all. (Emphatic, and probably showing that he had been in doubt about marrying, but had then resolved himself to go for it).
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