Part I. Future in the Past


  • Intentions, expectations, or plans that were made in the past and were not fulfilled can be expressed by using was/were going to.


I was going to study last night, but my friends came over, so I didn’t.


They were going to have a test last Monday, but the teacher was ill, so it was postponed.



Exercise 7: Using the following cues, put together sentences using was/were going to.


Example: He/ get married / broke up / girlfriend

He ____________ was going to get married, but he broke up with his girlfriend.


  1. I / play football / rain



  1. She / go abroad / no money



  1. They / meeting / no time



  1. He / go on a picnic / cold



  1. They / go on holiday / have to work