gonna

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Etymology[edit]

Written form of a reduction of "going to". The pronunciation of present participles with the sound "n" rather than "ng" has a long history (see W:Phonological history of English consonants#G-dropping).

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Contraction[edit]

gonna

  1. (with bare infinitive) Nonstandard spelling of going to when followed by an infinitive verb: used to express a future action.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This spelling, like any nonstandard spelling, risks appearing condescending. Even when going to has the pronunciation that gonna denotes, it is usually spelled <going to>.
  • Gonna, like the pronunciation it denotes, only occurs when indicating a future tense (something that is bound to happen or is planned); hence “I’m gonna go now”, but not *“I’m gonna the mall.”

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Noun[edit]

gonna f (plural gonne)

  1. skirt