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Ir a + infinitive

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In Spanish, many useful expressions are formed by combining two verbs. When this occurs, the first verb is conjugated, while the second verb remains in the infinitive form.

ir, viajar

Yo voy a viajar a España.
I am going to travel to Spain.


acabar, comer

acabas de comer.
You have just eaten.


saber, nadar

Juan sabe nadar.
Juan knows how to swim.


volver, leer

María vuelve a leer el libro.
María reads the book again.



One such expression combines the verb ir (conjugated) with an infinitive. The preposition "a" is always used. The formula is:

ir a + infinitive = to be going to do something (in the near future)

Voy a llevar a mi hermana a su casa.
I am going to take my sister to her house.

Vas a invitar a muchas muchachas.
You are going to invite lots of girls.

Cristina va a conversar con mi mamá.
Christina is going to talk with my mom.

Eduardo va a leer el libro.
Edward is going to read the book.



Remember from the previous lesson how to conjugate the verb ir:

voy
vas
va

vamos
vais

van



Here are some useful words and expressions for pinpointing exactly when you are going to do something.

hoy
today
mañana
tomorrow
más tarde
later
esta tarde
this afternoon
la semana que viene
next week
el mes que viene
next month
el año que viene
next year
esta noche
tonight
mañana por la mañana
tomorrow morning
mañana por la tarde
tomorrow afternoon
mañana por la noche
tomorrow night


Let's add a flashcard for the expression "ir a + infinitive":

Verb Flashcards
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Ir a + infinitive

To be going to do something
(voy, vas, va, vamos, vais, van)

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