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Hi!

What part of speech is "going to"?

And when you use it in this kind of sentence, for example:

I am going to buy a new pair of shoes.

Where is your main verb?

Could you please explain?

Thanks a lot!
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am/are/is ____-ing to = what some call the 'near future'. In this sentence, 'buy' is the verb.

It could also be stated as 'I will buy'.
In the sentence," I am going to buy a new pair of shoes", "am going" is the main verb, in which "am" is called the primary auxiliary, while "to buy" is non-finite verb, as the verb "buy"is governed by the preposition "to".
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frostwhiteWhat part of speech is "going to"?
That's two words, so it's two parts of speech. Emotion: smile

going is a verb.
to is an infinitival particle.

In I am going to buy ..., am going is the main verb.

CJ
"going" itself can never be a verb, unless it is governed by an auxilliary. To be more lucid, let me cite examples:-1. Going there I found my friend. Here, "going" is participle(present) and "found" is verb (finite). 2. It is not expected of you going mad over insignificant things. Here, "going" is gerund

The word "to" presents a problem as it can act as a true preposition or as a part of an infinitive. When "to" acts as a preposition, a noun or a gerund must follow it ; but when "to" is a part of an infinitive, the infinitive form of the verb must follow it.
Hi Cj!

So what would be the appropriate question for that?Emotion: smile

Thanks!
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Hi again!

Would it be " What parts of speech are going to?". right Cj?

But guys! I am still confused. You have different opinions about my question.

But Thanks to you all!Emotion: smile
frostwhiteSo what would be the appropriate question for that?
What parts of speech are "going" and "to" in a sentence like "We are going to buy a new car"?

(Or any other sentence you want to use as an example.)

Emotion: smile

CJ
".....am going" is the verb of present continuous tense form, while, " to buy" is infinitive.
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