How To Use ‘Gonna’ For The Simple Future Verb Tense [Contraction of Going To]

Do you know how to contract words like ‘gonna’ to talk about things in the Simple Future in English? Find out why so many words are reduced and contracted like this in the English language as we look at the phrase ‘I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you’ from Meghan Trainer and John Legend.

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  •  I’m gonna love you
  •  I will love you
  •  Like I’m gonna lose you
  •  Like I will lose you

‘Gonna’ is a contraction of ‘going to’. And in the English language, you can you ‘going to’ in place of the auxiliary verb ‘will’ to indicate the simple future tense.

Song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” –

Song “Gonna” –

How To Use The Contraction ‘Gotta’ (Got To) In English

Would you like to learn how to use the contraction of ‘Got to” (GOTTA) in English? Here it is explain in more details of how to use GOTTA.

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • You gotta live
  • You gotta go bro

I gotta go now.=I have to go now.

Gotta ciggie?=Have you got a cigarette?

You gotta live

You gotta love

You gotta be somebody

You gotta shove

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Gotta is a way of writing got to that shows how these words are pronounced in the expression have got to in casual speech: have gotta. Have gotta is an informal way of saying that something is necessary or must be true.

I’ve gotta leave in 15 minutes. (=it is necessary that I leave in 15 minutes)

You’ve gotta be kidding. (=it must be true that you are kidding)

We’ve gotta learn to get along better. (=it is necessary that we learn to get along better)

In very informal language, gotta is sometimes written and spoken without have, as in these examples, which have the same meaning as the sentences above:

I gotta leave in 15 minutes.

You gotta be kidding.

We gotta learn to get along better.

With or without have, gotta is very casual, and should only be used in informal conversation or when writing a representation of informal conversation.

gotta’ is grammatically incorrect.  It is more of a spoken form.  If you want to say this with proper grammar, the equivalent would be, ‘I have got to’ or ‘I’ve got to’.  In the spoken form, ‘got to’ is shortened to ‘gotta’ and the word ‘have’ is dropped.

Here are some examples:

“I gotta manage my money.”

“I gotta obey the laws.”

“I gotta move to a bigger house.”

“I gotta impress my boss.”

“I gotta brush my teeth.”

By adding the word ‘have’ you can change what you are saying to express something that needs to be done in the near future.

Here are some examples:

“I have got to be on time to work.”

“I’ve gotta try harder at school.”

“I’ve gotta tell my wife I’ll be late.”

“I’ve gotta learn more about the laws.”

“I’ve gotta clean my house today.”

How To Use ‘Wanna’ (Contraction of Want To) in English

We’re still looking at the assimilations of English words…and in this video we’re gonna talk about ‘Wanna’ from ‘Want to’ in English? Here is a brief explanation in how to use this ‘contraction’ in English. 

Here are some of the phrases from the video:

  • I wanna know
  • You wanna go to the party
  • We wanna have a baby next year
  • They wanna eat now

You can use ‘wanna’ to like any of the other assimilations that imitate modal verbs. So, you can’t use it in a phrase like…

He is the candidate that I want to win (not wanna)

But just like the word Gonna that we saw in the first video, Wanna can be used to talk about desire.

You can also you ‘wanna’ to replace ‘would like’ which can have the same meaning.

  • I wanna go
  • I would like to go

And you can listen to the song Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival that I mentioned in the video with the phrase I Wanna Know

How To Say ‘Have To’ In English [Pronounced ‘Hafta’ In English]

Do you know how to use ‘Have To’ in English to tell someone what they are required to do or talk about something you desire? You’ll also want to practice your pronunciation to learn how to say this contraction correctly? And we’ll even look at how to use this phrase in the interrogative and the negative.


Here are some of the phrases from the video:

* I have to (hafta) break your heart

* Do I have to break (hafta) your heart?

* I don’t have to (hafta) break your heart

The name of the song is ‘So Nice So Smart’ by Kimya Dawson which is part of the soundtrack from Juno

You can listen to this song to practice your listening skills and sing along with to practice your pronunciation.

There are other songs with the word ‘hafta’ like the line ‘You don’t hafta say a word’ from the song Long Way Home by Toni Braxton

And even another song with a lot of contractions like this one from the band ‘Government Issue’ which was a hardcore punk band back in the 80’s.

“You tell me we’re gonna hafta fight”

You can search for specific words in songs at

And a few more phrases with ‘hafta’ just to practice with:

* I have to go now [affirmative form]

* Do I have to go now? [interrogative form]

* I don’t have to go now  [negative form]

I hope you enjoyed this video on the contraction of using ‘have to’ as ‘hafta’…

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