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    perfect forms of going to

    You think about breaking up with your girl-friend. So you give her a call and say, "I was going to say this to you. I don't think we should see each other anymore." How often would we use a perfect form of "going to"? "I've been going to say this to you?

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    Re: perfect forms of going to

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    You think about breaking up with your girl-friend. So you give her a call and say, "I was going to say this to you. I don't think we should see each other anymore." How often would we use a perfect form of "going to"? "I've been going to say this to you?
    "I've been going to say this to you for some time", for example, is common enough in an appropriate context.

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    Re: perfect forms of going to

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I've been going to say this to you for some time", for example, is common enough in an appropriate context.

    It would be close in meaning to "I've been meaning to talk to you...."?

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    Re: perfect forms of going to

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    It would be close in meaning to "I've been meaning to talk to you...."?
    Yes, it would.

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    Re: perfect forms of going to

    And this would be one of those appropriate contexts. There is the usual past simple/present perfect difference:

    "I was going to say this to you last week (but I didn't)."
    "I have been going to say this to you for some time, (and now I am saying it)."

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