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    hey everyone, why is 'I'm going to do it' of phonological interest?

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    Re: eeerrrrrmmmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    hey everyone, why is 'I'm going to do it' of phonological interest?
    Going to often reduces to gonna:

    • going to -> goin'ta -> gonna
    But only where to functions as an infinitive marker:
    (1) Infinitive marker
    I'm going to do it / I'm gonna do it.

    (2) Preposition
    I'm going to the store / *I'm gonna the store.
    This tells us that (1) going to + verb functions as a unit, whereas(2) going + to noun does not.

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