General English Level 4 V 3
UNIT 03 Dreams and plans TOPIC 04 I was going to
LANGUAGE FOCUS 02 Describing changed plans
In this activity you will learn how to describe changed plans.
Claudia writes:
I meant to phone you earlier but it slipped my mind.
I was going to come up but, unfortunately, I won't be able to make it.

We use meant to + verb and was going to + verb to talk about changes in our plans.

Example

I meant to phone you earlier but it slipped my mind.

Claudia means: I planned to phone you but I forgot.

I was going to come up but, unfortunately, I won't be able to make it.

Claudia means: I planned to come up but I can't keep the appointment.

When we have changed a plan we often explain why.
We usually introduce the reason with but.

Here are some other expressions we use to describe changed plans.

I
He
She
was going
meaning
intending
planning
to
phone you
but.....
We
You
They
were
I
You
He
She
We
They
meant
intended
planned

We can also say:

I had every intention of phoning you but....

Examples

1 Read the examples.
2 Listen to the examples.
3 Practise saying each example. Use the Pause button.
I was meaning to arrive on Saturday but I missed my train.
They were intending to get married but they couldn't afford it.
He was going to call you but he was busy.
We meant to tell you but we didn't know what you would say.
She intended to go to Europe but she thought it was too expensive.
I had every intention of phoning you but I was in a meeting.

 

 

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