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Was/were going to

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Form : ( Was / were going to + infinitive (verb 1) )

In English we use was / were going to to talk about plans we made in the past which didn't happen, or won't happen in the future.

Examples sentences :

  • I was going to visit my aunt when I went to England, but she had gone to Spain for the summer. (So I didn't visit her)
  • We were going to move to Thailand next year, but we were offered better jobs here. (So we didn't go)
  • Simon was going to take a holiday in August, but his company was short staffed. (So he couldn't go)
  • Petra was going to start her course in London in September, but her visa didn't come through.
  • They were going to book a cabin for the summer, but decided to go camping instead.

Notes for use of was / were going to :

We often use this form to apologize for not doing something and give a reason why.

  • Sorry, I was going to phone you, but my mobile battery died.


Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Comparative
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
Expression
First conditional
Future
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Greeting
Have/Get something done
Imperative
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Interjection
Mixed conditional
Modal
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Other
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Superlative
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Wish
Would rather
Zero conditional