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Future in the past: was/were going to and would

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Nazari Herrera

on 24 June 2015

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Transcript of Future in the past: was/were going to and would

Be careful! Don't use would + base form alone to express future plans or expectations. Use was / were going to, instead.

She was going to be a doctor
NOT She
would be
a doctor
WAS / WERE GOING TO
It is used to express or ask about future plans or expectations someone had in the past.
It is often used for plans that changed or weren't achieved
Example
She thought she would be doctor ( but she changed her mind)

We always belived they would get married (but they never did)


Note: Noun clause direct objects can also use was / were going to + base form.

They said they were going to arrive before noon (but they didn't)
Example
I was going to get married (but I didn't)

Were you going to study with Dr. Mellon?

Where were they going to work? (In Kuala Lumpur)

Who was going to teach this class? (My sister was)
WOULD
Would is the past form of will. It can also express future in the past.

Use would + base form in noun clause direct object that describes future plans or expectations.
Future in the past: was/were going to and would
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