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    be going to (go)

    Some course books state: "We don't usually say going to go" while the others introduce "We're going to go to Italy". What are your suggestions? Which variant is better to stick to?
    Thank you.

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    Re: be going to (go)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alimdul View Post
    Some course books state: "We don't usually say going to go" while the others introduce "We're going to go to Italy". What are your suggestions? Which variant is better to stick to?
    Thank you.
    Which course book says that we don't usually say "going to go"? We do.
    It's impossible to say which variant is better, since you've only given one - "going to go". I can say it's correct, though.

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    #3

    Re: be going to (go)

    One of our moderators has written what I think is a very helpful article on expressing the future.

    Ways of Expressing the Future in English - Articles - UsingEnglish.com
    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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    Re: be going to (go)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Which course book says that we don't usually say "going to go"? We do.
    It's impossible to say which variant is better, since you've only given one - "going to go". I can say it's correct, though.
    New Headway Intermediate by Liz and John Soars (Student's book) Oxford University Press Unit 5 p.45.

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    Re: be going to (go)

    Thank you for useful information.

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    #6

    Re: be going to (go)

    Yes, I've heard that too. But in real life they DO say 'I'm gonna go' (= I am going to go). Take it from me - 15 years in the US. The problem is we can't always prevent people from speaking the way most native speakers do.

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    Re: be going to (go)

    Wouldn't you strive to speak the way most natives do?

    It's not that natives "don't follow the rules." The rules exist to show how the people who own the language, the native speakers, actually use it. That's why things change over time.
    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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    Re: be going to (go)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alimdul View Post
    Some course books state: "We don't usually say going to go" while the others introduce "We're going to go to Italy". What are your suggestions? Which variant is better to stick to?
    Thank you.
    The book does say usually- many speakers will omit to go, but this is not a rule, just a common pattern. It doesn't matter which way you say it IMO.

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