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    #1

    been going to or was going to

    "Don't hang up on me. I was going to tell you about it."

    OR

    "Don't hang up on me. I've been going to tell you about it."

    Which one is more natural and likely to be used in conversation?

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    #2

    Re: been going to or was going to

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Don't hang up on me. I was going to tell you about it."

    OR

    "Don't hang up on me. I've been going to tell you about it."

    Which one is more natural and likely to be used in conversation?

    I am sure the first one is better but I'm not sure this is the best way you can convey what you mean.

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    #3

    Re: been going to or was going to

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I've been going to tell you about it."
    This is not grammatical.
    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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