hey everyone, why is 'I'm going to do it' of phonological interest?
But only where to functions as an infinitive marker:
- going to -> goin'ta -> gonna(1) Infinitive markerThis tells us that (1) going to + verb functions as a unit, whereas(2) going + to noun does not.
I'm going to do it / I'm gonna do it.
I'm going to the store / *I'm gonna the store.