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    The usage of "to be going to"

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    Martin Hewings has said about the usage of "to be going to" in book “Advanced Grammar in Use” :

    “When we talk about INTENTIONS or DECISIONS about the future that were made some time before we report them, we prefer going to or the present continuous.”

    Does phrase “some time” in the above sentence means “long time” or “short time”. I looked it up in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionaryand I think that it means “long time”.

    I want to know whether my reading is correct?

    Could you please guide me?
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    Re: The usage of "to be going to"

    I don't know what else Hewings writes about expressing the future or about the present continuous or BE going to, but that statement is, as it stands, only partly true.

    'Some time' normally does imply 'a long time'. However, The present continuous and BE going to can be used of future situations that were planned/arranged/decided on only a very short time before we report them.

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    Re: The usage of "to be going to"

    NoT a TeAcHeR!

    It means that your decision was made earlier. It's not clear how long ago but most importantly, the decision was made before the report.

    Thanks for correcting me in case I was wrong.

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    Re: The usage of "to be going to"

    Let's look at it a little differently.

    "X is going to do Y" means simply "X has a plan: to do Y".

    "I am going to run for president" means that my plan now is to run for president.

    "You were going to finish your homework before going out, weren't you?" means that you seemed to have intended to finish work before play.

    "He had been going to run a marathon before he broke his leg" means that his injury interfered with his plans.

    As previous posters have said, when exactly the plans came about does not matter.

    The construction only works in the present, past, and past perfect. Everything else seems to sound very unnatural.

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    Re: The usage of "to be going to"

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    The construction only works in the present, past, and past perfect. Everything else seems to sound very unnatural.
    The present perfect is fine.

    My landlord has been going to fix the leak for the last six months.

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    Re: The usage of "to be going to"

    Thank you for your guide .

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