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    I'm a goona be a ...

    Please teach me if the article "a" needs in this sentence?


    "I'm a goona be a big star". (---It comes from the lylics in a song. )

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    redcrows is offline Junior Member
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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    It doesn't need to be there. In a way its funny because someone is imitating an English speaker who has an Italian accent

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    I think it may be a kind of alliteration used to make the song's lyrics flow with the music.

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    Is it maybe ''I'ma gonna be a big star''?

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    The addition of a to emphasize an ongoing action is a feature of some dialects of English.

    I'm a looking for my shoe.
    He's a talking to you.

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    "I'm a goona be a big star". (---It comes from the lylics in a song. )
    Not here, mykwyner...

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    Why not, Ivan?

    I'm a going to [goona] be a star.
    I'm a thinking about what you said.
    I'm a posting this response.
    I'm a telling you I'm right.

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    You said this addition emphasises something currently taking place, something in progress...
    I'm not familiar with this kind of emphasis, so I'm just asking ( )...

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Please teach me if the article "a" is needed in this sentence?


    "I'm a goona be a big star". (---It comes from the lyrics in a song. )
    It is not the indefinite article, but a colloquial form of speech, usually hyphenated: a-going.

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    Re: I'm a goona be a ...

    Here is an excellent article on what is known as "a-prefixing," a feature of a dialect of English spoken by some people living in the part of America where I live. Do You Speak American | PBS

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