gonna

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English[edit]

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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 g-dropping on Wikipedia).

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gonna

  1. (colloquial, with bare infinitive) Contraction 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 going to is a modal verb indicating a future tense (something that is bound to happen or is planned), and not for lexical uses of "going to" (i.e. the verb go followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with to). Thus, one says, I’m gonna go now, but *I’m gonna the mall is not observed. (In such contexts, I’m going to the mall is said, with going to pronounced more fully, e.g. IPA(key): /ˈɡoʊɪŋ ɾə/, /ˈɡoʊɪnə/.) The same is true of other modal verb contractions such as shoulda, woulda, or coulda (e.g. She shoulda come with us but not *She shoulda some patience).

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin gunna (leather garment). Compare English gown.

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Noun[edit]

gonna f (plural gonne)

  1. skirt

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