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ihtiyaryer
Turkey

A question
 
Is "going to go" structure (for future tense) true or false? "I am going to go to London" Is it okay?  help please...

29 Jan 2013      



macomabi
Portugal

Yes, it is.

29 Jan 2013     



valentinaper
Greece

It is grammatically correct, but I think it īs more common to use the present continuous form in this case, if we īre talking about an arrangement and not just a plan. Compare the following examples:
 
"Have you got any plans for the holiday?"
"I think I īm going to go to London, but I īm not sure."
 
"What are you doing for the holidays?"
"I īm going to London to visit my sister."

29 Jan 2013     



MoodyMoody
United States

At least in the States, we use "going to go" and "going to" (as the present continuous of "go") almost interchangeably. "I īm going to go to London in April" sounds fine to me. (English colleagues might disagree; April may be a wretched time to go to London!) LOL

29 Jan 2013     



yanogator
United States

I agree with all the previous answers, and would like to add a humorous observation. Not only is "going to go" correct and widely used, but people are beginning to use the structure in different tenses, with funny results. I occasionally hear people say "We went to go to the movies" instead of "We went to the movies". They don īt realize that the "going to" is for forming the future, so it doesn īt make sense to use it in the past.
 
Bruce

29 Jan 2013     



jannabanna
France

Are you talking about American people Bruce or foreign students?!  It seems incredible to me that Americans make that type of mistake.
 
Janet

30 Jan 2013     



MoodyMoody
United States

I can think of a context where this isn īt a mistake: "The shopping center was so busy last Saturday, but we didn īt want to shop. We went to go to the movies."

30 Jan 2013     



yanogator
United States

You underestimate us, Janet! This is the country where "is is" has become almost standard usage, as in "The problem is is that this sentence has too many verbs". There are also many variations, as in "The point being is that..." and "The problem was is that...".  It īs my own countrymen who are saying it.
 
You īre right, of course, MoodyMoody, but your example is saying "we went (to the shopping center) to go to the movies". What I īm hearing occasionally is being used as a past tense of "going to go".
 
Bruce

30 Jan 2013