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Is "gonna" a real word?

Question #63935. Asked by johnhoward.

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McGruff
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McGruff
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gon·na

Informal

Contraction of going to: We're gonna win today.
link http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gonna


It is in the dictionary. If that makes it a real word, then I guess it is.

Mar 25 2006, 9:12 PM
wajo
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wajo
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Not acceptable in Scrabble.

Mar 25 2006, 9:12 PM
kaylofgorons
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kaylofgorons
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It's a real sound with a real meaning. It's two words that are somewhat slurred. It depends on what you mean by a real word.

Mar 25 2006, 9:39 PM
gmackematix
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gmackematix
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In Shropshire (and possibly elsewhere in the Midlands), there's an old saying along the lines of:
"You canna say munna cos that just inna right, and you munna say wunna cos it inna polite".

I guess the same applies to "gonna".
Generally, any word with recognised meaning is a "real word", but that doesn't mean its use will be accepted in all circumstances.
On the whole, "gonna" is a widely accepted contraction in the spoken (depending on whom you are speaking to) or texted English but not very accepted at all in written English.

Mar 26 2006, 6:45 AM
xfacilitatorx
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xfacilitatorx

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If it is widely understood and accepted, it then is a word of our language. The majority of words in English are common-usage-bastardizations of other languages.

Mar 26 2006, 2:42 PM
johnhoward
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johnhoward

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sorry i should've explained more I meant like a real word in the dictionary. Thanks

Mar 26 2006, 9:07 PM
xfacilitatorx
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xfacilitatorx

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1 entry found for gonna.


gon·na
Informal

Contraction of going to: We're gonna win today.


link http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gonna

link http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gonna

Mar 27 2006, 5:47 AM
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