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    Is it redundant to say "I'm going to go to the library"?

    Dear all,

    Is it okay to say "I'm going to go to the library tomorrow"?

    Or should I just say "I'm going to the library"?

    I wonder if "going to go to" may sound a little redundant.

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    Re: Is it redundant to say "I'm going to go to the library"?

    No, it's fine if you're planning to go to the library. When going to is an auxiliary verb, we usually pronounce it "gonna": I'm gonna go to the library, but I'm going to the library now.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 24-May-2016 at 13:44. Reason: Clarify pronunciation choice.
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    Re: Is it redundant to say "I'm going to go to the library"?

    It's not a question of redundancy, it's two different meanings.

    I'm going to go to the library on Thursday.
    I'm going to the library right now.

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    Re: Is it redundant to say "I'm going to go to the library"?

    To me they mean exactly the same thing. In fact, I said it to my wife an hour ago: "I'm going to go to the library."

    And here I am. (And I didn't say "gonna.")
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    Re: Is it redundant to say "I'm going to go to the library"?

    They can be used in the same situation, but the meaning is slightly different. One announces intention (even if the intention is immediate) and the other simply states the action.

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    Re: Is it redundant to say "I'm going to go to the library"?

    With the verb go, I think that this difference in meaning is always present- some people simply omit to go rather than say it twice.

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    Re: Is it redundant to say "I'm going to go to the library"?

    True and true. Opti Pess, I think you have all the answers you'll ever need!
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