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    Smile "were going to" OR "are going to" ?

    Recently, I was asked by a non-native speaker for the right answer to the following question:

    "Last night, mom told me we were going to / are going to the U.S. next year."

    Now that I've re-read it, I might say that it depends on the context. The context being if the trip is still possible. Your input would be most helpful.

    Many thanks,


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    Re: "were going to" OR "are going to" ?

    not at teacher

    Both tenses could be used.

    Present tense is used for expressing a fact or a certainty.

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