Was going to
Man: How was your lunch?
Woman: Good. I ate at the new taco truck.
Man: Really? I was going to go there, but I got busy. How is it?
Woman: Good, but it is a bit pricey.
Man: Oh, really?
Woman: Yeah, I was gonna have two tacos, but at seven bucks apiece, I just had one.
Man: Wow, that is pricey!
Man: Hey, check out my new
Woman: Oh, this is the one that was for sale.
Man: Yeah, the guy sold it to us cheap.
Woman: Really? Is there something wrong with it?
Man: No, it is just old. I wasn’t going to buy it at first, but after driving it, I love it.
Woman: Well, as long as it runs. So, can I get a ride home?
Man: I was just going to offer you one.
Woman: Hey, what a surprise! I
was just going to call you.
Man: Oh, yeah? What’s up?
Woman: I was going to ask if you are still coming to the party.
Man: Yes, of course. I am really looking forward to it.
Woman: That’s great. I am so glad you can make it.
Man: Are you still planning on having it outside?
Woman: We were going to, but it looks like it is going to rain.
Man: No worries. I prefer indoor parties anyway.
Woman: Hey, why are you here?
I thought you were going to play futsal.
Man: I was, but we had to cancel.
Woman: Oh, yeah? What happened?
Man: Bob was going to drive us, but he got called in to work.
Woman: Oh, he was your only ride?
Man: Sadly, yes.
Woman: Well, now you get to hang out with me!
Man: I was just going to say that!
Was going to / Were going to
- I was going to walk home, but it started raining.
- We were going to have a meeting at 2pm, but it was canceled.
- They were going to go to the beach, but they had to work.
- He was going to start a new job in the summer, but he got sick.
Point 2: This verb phrase follows this pattern in affirmative sentences:
Affirmative: Subject + was/were + going to + base verb
- I was going to make a cup of tea, but we were out of tea.
- She was going to watch television but decided to sleep instead.
- They were going to play tennis until it started raining.
- They were going to get married, but their parents forbade it.
Point 3: This verb phrase follows this pattern in negative sentences:
Negative: Subject + was/were + not + going to + base verb
- She wasn’t going to attend the party, but her friend convinced her to go.
- We were going to leave, but we decided to stay until the end.
- I wasn’t going to eat the cake, but it looks too tasty.
- She wasn't going to take the job, but in the end, she needed the money.
Point 4: This verb phrase follows this pattern for questions:
WH question: Wh-word + was/were + subject + going to + base verb?
Yes/No question: Was/were + subject + going to + base verb?
- Where was he going to go?
- What was she going to do?
- Was he going to go to the authorities?
- Were we going to tell them the good news?
- Were you going to eat the last slice of cake?
- We were just going to leave. I am so glad you meet you.
- I was just going to offer you a ride home, but I see you rode your bike here.
- I was just going to say that, but you said it first!
- I was just going to call you! Can I ask you some questions?
- We were gonna go get a cup of coffee.
- They were gonna go speak to the manager.
- I was gonna ask if you watched that movie.
- They were gonna hire more staff, but the economy got bad.
Grammar Listening Practice
All the food is cooked with organic ingredients.
It was built about 30 years ago.
I wasn’t able to answer all the questions.
I was going to go there.
I haven’t technically been there.