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Etymology edit

Written form of a reduction of going to. Attested since 1917. 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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  1. (colloquial, with bare infinitive) Contraction of going to when followed by an infinitive verb: used to express a future action.
    • 1931, Mervyn LeRoy, Little Caesar:
      Well, you ain't got much longer to laugh. I'm coming, and I'm gonna put one in your dirty hide for every lying crack that you made about me, see?
    • 1987, Stock Aitken Waterman (lyrics and music), “Never Gonna Give You Up”, in Whenever You Need Somebody, performed by Rick Astley, RCA Records:
      Never gonna give you up, / Never gonna let you down, / Never gonna run around and desert you. / Never gonna make you cry, / Never gonna say goodbye, / Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

Usage notes edit

  • This spelling, like any nonstandard spelling, risks appearing very informal. 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 tə], [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.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɔn.na/, (traditional) /ˈɡon.na/[1]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔnna, (traditional) -onna
  • Hyphenation: gòn‧na, (traditional) gón‧na

Noun edit

gonna f (plural gonne)

  1. skirt

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References edit

  1. ^ gonna in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)