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Introduction to dialogue 6

G: Clare and Ged are in town.  It is starting to rain again and they hurry to the coffee shop.

The town centre is beginning to get busy.

C: In this dialogue, we use several of the 'wh' words  and 'let's' as short for 'let us'

We also introduce the varied use of the verb 'to go', a very useful verb to express or say both present- now- and future actions or intentions- later.  There are many different ways of expressing/saying future actions or intentions and we will give many examples in the next few dialogues.


G: 'I am going to the coffee shop' using the verb 'to go' in the present continuous to express an action happening in the present.........BUT

C: 'I am going to the coffee shop this afternoon ' or 'I am going to meet my friend this afternoon..."   Both of these express future intentions at a later time.

G: We will use the  regular forms of future tenses in future dialogues but in this dialogue we repeatedly use 'going to'  plus a verb infinitive to express future actions or intentions.

Let's listen to the dialogue as they arrive in the coffee shop.

Dialogue 6

C: The coffee shop's very full. There are not many tables. Where are we going to sit?  I can't see any empty places.

G: Don't worry!  There are more seats upstairs. Let's go upstairs and look.  It's going to get very busy soon because it's raining.  We need to go and find a seat quickly.

C: OK Let's go upstairs.

G: Over there. I can see some empty tables.

C: I can't ! Whereabouts? I can't see any!

G: This time you need to get some glasses. There are two tables free in the corner, behind the lady with the blue top. I'm going over there quickly to get the seats.

C: OK. I'm coming behind you. There are other people coming up the stairs looking for tables and they are going to get them if we don't hurry!

G: We've got a nice table by the window. Who's going to get the coffees? Are you going downstairs to order?

C: Fine! What are you going to have? Are you going to have anything to eat?

G: Yes please. I'm feeling hungry! Can you get a snack....?  It's going to be a late lunch this afternoon because you're going to spend three hours shopping!

C: Why are you always moaning? What are you going to have?

G: Where's the menu ?.....Let's have a look. ....mmmm.....Tuna mayonnaise panini please and a cappuccino ! A large one! What are you going to have?

C: I'm just going to have a tea and perhaps a bit of your panini? Is that OK?

G: OK OK! Just go! It's getting busy. There's a long queue downstairs. It's going to take a while to order.

C: Fine! I'm just going to go and order. When I get back I'm going to drink my tea quickly and start shopping. I need some new clothes. I'm going to shop around so it's going to be a busy and expensive morning!

G: The thing you're going to need is a bigger wardrobe to put all your new clothes in!  What am I going to do the next three hours?

Review of dialogue 6

G - We repeatedly use the expression 'going to' plus infinitive  or  'going to go and do something' as expressions of future action or intention

C - Examples:  'going to order',   and 'going to go and order'   .....they mean much the same thing and either form is frequently used. Native English speakers are not normally aware of when they use the additional 'to go' so don't worry too much about it!

G - Near the end of this dialogue Clare uses the word 'just'. A very common word in the English language meaning  - ' that's all I'm having' -  C: 'I'm just having a tea'

'Just' can also mean 'about to'.

G - Sentences with 'just'.

C- I'm just going to go and order.   -  I'm going to go and order NOW!

G - She's just going to Debenhams - she's only going to Debenhams.  (Note unlikely if it's a woman as she will go to at least 10 shops!!)   C - but it could also mean - she's going to Debenhams now.

C - It's just ?30.  G - It's only ?30 or even ?30 exactly

G - He's just over there.  

C - Slightly different meaning of 'just' meaning he's nearby - just over there.

G - Just one more please.  

C - only one more. Just a few minutes ago.  G - only a few minutes ago.

G - Just go. - 'Just' here means  - 'now go'. I say this to Clare  - 'Just go' - as there's a long queue and we want to get our food.