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    #1

    Was/were going to

    Hello English friends,
    Is it possible to use was/were + going to?

    Example 1:
    Situation (now):
    I'm waiting for someone and he calls me and says, "I'm going to come very soon."
    Yes, he could also say, "I'm coming very soon", but let's say he uses version 1.
    Situation (tomorrow):
    I'm telling someone else the "story", and say:
    I was waiting for my friend who was going to come with his new car.

    Is it correct?
    If not, would the only good version be:
    I was waiting for my friend who was coming with his new car.


    Example 2:
    Situation (now):
    Some guys say, "We are going to start a war very soon."
    Situation (tomorrow):
    You say, "Yesterday I met some guys who were going to start a war very soon."

    Another option would be:
    "Yesterday I met some guys who were starting a war very soon."

    What do you think?

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Was/were going to

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello English friends,
    Is it possible to use was/were + going to?

    Example 1:
    Situation (now):
    I'm waiting for someone and he calls me and says, "I'm going to come very soon."
    Yes, he could also say, "I'm coming very soon", but let's say he uses version 1.
    Situation (tomorrow):
    I'm telling someone else the "story", and say:
    I was waiting for my friend who was going to come with his new car. Correct.
    Is it correct?
    If not, would the only good version be:
    I was waiting for my friend who was coming with his new car.


    Example 2:
    Situation (now):
    Some guys say, "We are going to start a war very soon."
    Situation (tomorrow):
    You say, "Yesterday I met some guys who were going to start a war very soon." Correct.

    Another option would be:
    "Yesterday I met some guys who were starting a war very soon." I wouldn't say that.

    What do you think?

    Cheers!
    NOT A TEACHER.

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    #3

    Re: Was/were going to

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello English friends,
    Is it possible to use was/were + going to?

    Example 1:
    Situation (now):
    I'm waiting for someone and he calls me and says, "I'm going to come very soon."
    Yes, he could also say, "I'm coming very soon", but let's say he uses version 1.
    Situation (tomorrow):
    I'm telling someone else the "story", and say:
    I was waiting for my friend who was going to come with his new car.

    Is it correct?
    If not, would the only good version be:
    I was waiting for my friend who was coming with his new car.


    Example 2:
    Situation (now):
    Some guys say, "We are going to start a war very soon."
    Situation (tomorrow):
    You say, "Yesterday I met some guys who were going to start a war very soon."

    Another option would be:
    "Yesterday I met some guys who were starting a war very soon."

    What do you think?

    Cheers!
    Example 1: Both are correct.
    Example 2:
    "Yesterday I met some guys who said they were going to start a war very soon."
    Your second sentence doesn't work well, even with the same qualification, "they said they were starting ..."

    You don't know if they are starting/going to start a war at all.


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