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What does 'was going to' mean? Is it something with the future in the past? Don't get it.
Yesterday I watched (or 'was watching? Please correct) 'Music and Lyrics' and there was a song I don't remember exactly.
But it was like:
I said I wasn't going to lose my head.... then ha goes my heart,
I wasn't going to fall in love again.....

What's the meaning?
Is it like 'I said I wouldn't lose my head' .... 'I wouldn't fall in love again'?
If so, what's the difference then?

Thanks
LS
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What does 'was going to' mean? Is it something with the future in the past? (Yes, exactly. It is an action in the future stated at some time in the past.) Don't get it.
Yesterday I'was watching 'Music and Lyrics' and there was a song. I don't remember exactly.
But it was like:
I said I wasn't going to lose my head.... then ha goes my heart,
I wasn't going to fall in love again.....

What's the meaning?
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It means that the singer promised herself (I'll assume a woman) at some time in the past that she would not fall in love; she would not lose her head.

But, that's not what happened. (then, ha, goes my heart...)

Was going to is similar to would.- speaking about the future at some time in the past.

Example:
Present:
He is going to call me this evening. = He will call me this evening.

Past:
Yesterday morning he told me that he was going to call me in the evening.
Thanks.

Only one thing left:

Was going to is similar to would.- speaking about the future at some time in the past.
Example:
Present:
He is going to call me this evening. = He will call me this evening.

But would and future mean something different, don't they?
I would play the piano if I haven't broken my finger.
-> you don't do it (isn't it in present?? or can 'would' also stand for future??)

I'm going to play the piano. I'm okay.
-> you do it. (in future)

That means 'would' isn't similar to 'was going to'?
You know what I mean? It's kind of hard because in German, I think, we use the translation of 'would' and 'was going to' in another way.
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Would has several uses:.

Would you help me please? (polite request)

I would go if I had the money. (Conditional; possibility)

When I was a child we would go on picnics every Sunday. (habitual past, like used to)

Yesterday he told me he would go, but today he said he wouldn't be able to. (future action in the past.)

There are some more, but they are not used very much.
Okay, and if I take the last sentence:
'Yesterday he told me he would go to the carnival.'

Yesterday: 'He': I'm going to go to the carnival today. (I know, you usually don't write 'going to go')

Today: I: Yesterday he told me he was going to go to the carnival.

It that correct? Or does it have to be: he told me he would go to the carnival. -> If so, why?

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and in all of these examples 'was going to' was only used in indirect speech. Do we only use 'was going to' in indirect speech. (I said, I wasn't going to fall in love again/He told me he was going/....) If not, could you give me an example?

Thank you!!
LS
Yesterday: 'He': I'm going to go to the carnival today. (I know, you usually don't write 'going to go. It is fine, and quite common.)

Today: I: Yesterday he told me he was going to go to the carnival.

It that correct? Yes
Or does it have to be: he told me he would go to the carnival. -> If so, why?

Both are correct. There is a nuance of difference in meaning.

he would go.... implies a commitment, promise or agreement to go.

he was going to go ... implies just a plan - what he planned to do. There is no agreement or promise.
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Juhu I think I get it!:)
Thank you very much for your help!
Nice explanations!

LS