How to Express Intentions and Goals in English

As you well know, December is the month of good intentions. Certainly, it is the time in which moms will say, “Do not cry because those who cry during the New Year will cry all year!” But it is also true that every year the moment comes to evaluate the year that is ending as we begin to think about our good intentions for the new year that is about to begin.

It is no coincidence that the ancient Romans associated the month of January with the god Janus, portrayed with two faces with which he could look both to the past and to the future. Putting aside the evaluation of the past for a moment, let’s look towards the future and discover together how to express our intentions and goals for the new year in English.

Intentional Future (going to)

It is formed with the auxiliary to be + going + the infinitive of the main verb. As the name implies, it is used to talk about the general intention to do something without having planned anything yet.

I am going to study very seriously next year.

We are going to leave Spain next month.

Simple Future (will)

The simple future is formed with will / shall + the base form of the verb. In relation to intentions, it is used to indicate something that will be done in the immediate future but has not yet been planned. In short, it expresses a spontaneous and immediate decision.

I will call John as soon as possible.

When I find a job, I will travel all around the world.

I will help you.

Present continuous

The present continuous is made up of two parts: the present tense of the verb to be and the present participle of the main verb. Among its many functions, it also plays the role of talking about a project that has been already planned for the future.

I am visiting Orlando with some friends in May.

We are refurbishing our home next month.

Be planning to / Be thinking of

The two verbs to plan and to think in the present continuous are used to express plans and intentions of which we are still not completely sure. They are the ideal expressions to talk about plans for the future that we have not yet planned and of which we are not completely sure.

I am planning to start a dance course.

I am thinking of adopting a dog.

Immediate Future (about to)

What if you want to talk about an action that is about to happen or you are about to do? It is true that you would not use this verbal form for New Year’s resolutions, but it is always useful to know how to express an action you are about to perform. In English, this is formed with the verb to be in the present + about + the infinitive of the main verb.

I am about to leave.

They are about to come.

Now that you know how to express your New Year’s goals and intentions in English, you can start making plans for the future. What about your English? Are you interested in improving your conversation and grammar? Why not try the ABA English course? We offer you an innovative and effective method that is adaptable to your needs. In fact, you have at your disposal 144 free video classes that you can watch at any time, as well as short films and qualified native teachers. Do not wait for the new year – start now!

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