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Future Plans

Future with 'Going to'

Use the future with 'going to' to express future intentions or plans. Remember that these plans have been made before the present moment of speaking. In other words, use the future with 'going to' with events that have been planned, not with decisions you make at the moment of speaking.

Positive Form:

Subject + to be + going to + verb + (object(s))

I am going to use the pin pad when I use the ATM machine.

Negative Form:

Subject + to be + not + going to + verb+ (object(s))

The correspondent bank is not going to accept any more deposits on your behalf until they have completed their investigation of your account.

Question Form:

(Question Word) + to be + subject + going to + verb?

When are we going to discuss the complications surrounding corporate taxes?

Examples of Future Plans and Intentions


1. Use for future plans. Future plans are decisions that have been made before the moment of speaking.


With uncertain income, just using a budget isn't going to protect you from all eventualities.

When are we going to discuss the complications surrounding corporate taxes?

Are they going to be able to submit the blueprints by the deadline?

2. Use to predict an action that you see is about to happen:


The payee is going to have to issue a refund.

The late payments are going to affect the credit application being approved.

3. Use to express intentions for the future. This form is similar to future plans. However, future intentions are more general in nature.


Are you going to check the deferred expense?

When is the stock dividend going to hit my account?

I'm going to get a closed-end credit by the end of the year.