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    Question "I am gonna go" vs "I gotta go"

    Hey!

    Is there any difference between the two:

    A)
    1. I am gonna go.
    2. I gotta go.

    B)
    1. He is sleeping.
    2. He is asleep.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: "I am gonna go" vs "I gotta go"

    Quote Originally Posted by Zuhair Abbas View Post
    Is there any difference between the two:

    A)1. I am gonna go.......2. I gotta go.g......

    B) 1. He is sleeping.......2. He is asleep.
    A1. A very informal way of writing "I am going to go".
    A2. A very informal way of writing "I have got to go", "I have to go".

    So, there is a clear difference in meaning.

    There is not a great deal of difference in meaning between B1 and B2.

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    Default Re: "I am gonna go" vs "I gotta go"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    A1. A very informal way of writing "I am going to go".
    A2. A very informal way of writing "I have got to go", "I have to go".
    These are very informal in writing, but common in conversation.

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    Default Re: "I am gonna go" vs "I gotta go"

    It's certainly true we say "gonna" for "going to" but I can't imagine pairing it with the non-contracted "I am."

    I'm gonna -- normal casual speech (non-standard in writing)
    I am going to -- standard writing, somewhat more formal spech
    I'm going to -- standard writing and standard speech

    I am gonna -- odd combination in speech
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "I am gonna go" vs "I gotta go"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    These are very informal in writing, but common in conversation.

    .....and as I tell my students, don't EVER let me see "gonna" or "wanna" in any of your written assignments, formal letters, resumes etc., because I'm GONNA give you a grade of "F"

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