Grammar Talks 3-05 Going To

Plans for the Weekend

Two people talk about their plans for the weekend.

Part 1: Daniel talks about his plans.

Hana: Hello, how are you?

Daniel: I'm good thanks. How are you?

Hana: I'm good. So what are you going to do this weekend?

Daniel: Well, on Saturday I think I'm going to go to the gym because I haven't been there for awhile. And then I think I need to clean my house because I didn't have time during the week, and it is a bit messy now. And in the evening, I think I'm going to have dinner with my friends.

Hana: Are you going somewhere after dinner?

Daniel: I don't think so. I really want to spend this weekend in a really relaxed way, so I don't think I'm going anywhere after dinner.

Hana: I see. How about Sunday?

Daniel: Well, Sunday, I'm not going to do anything in the morning. I really want to take - you know - a rest, and then I'm going to have lunch with my family cause I haven't seen them for awhile, and then in the afternoon, there's this movie I really want to see, so I'm going to the cinema with my friends.

Part 2: Hana talks about her plans.

Daniel: Hey, Hana how are you?

Hana: I'm fine thank you. How are you?

Daniel: I'm fine thanks. So tell me, do you have any plans for the weekend?

Hana: Yes, I heard it's going to be a really nice day on Saturday, so I'm planning to go to the beach with my friends. The beach is three hours away so we are going to go by car, and we are planning to have a barbecue, and I'm very excited.

Hana: In the evening we're going to have fireworks, so it's going to be very beautiful.

Daniel: So, are you going to stay over at the beach?

Hana: No, we're going to come back so we'll be home quite late.

Daniel: So then what are you going to do on Sunday?

Hana: I think I'll be sleeping all morning and probably in the afternoon I'm going to study because I have a maths exam on Monday.

Daniel: Oh, well, that's a shame. Well, I think I'm going to wish you good luck on your exam.

Hana: Have fun at the beach.

Daniel: Thank you.


Grammar Focus

be + going to + base verb

We use this structure, going to , to talk about future plans or intentions.

The words going to is often spoken as gonna in natural speech. Normally, we do not use this form in written English.


What are you going to do?
When are you going to get here?
Who are you going to see?
Where are you going to stay?
Why are you going to do that?
How are you going to get there?


I am going to call you.
You are going to be fine.
She is going to make a lot of money.
He is going to be sorry.
It’s going to rain soon.
They are going to come by taxi.
We are going to get in trouble.


I am not going to say anything.
You are not going to regret this.
She is not going to work tonight.
He’s not going to call you.
It is not going to happen.
They are not going to play.
We are not going to make it.

Y/N Questions

Are you going to eat that?
Yes, I am.
No, I’m not.

Is she going to play?
Yes, she is.
No, she isn’t.

Answer the following questions about the interview.

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