How to Use Gonna and Wanna Correctly (7 Rules)

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You’ve heard native English speakers saying “gonna” and “wanna” all the time in everyday conversation, but how do you use them correctly? When is it appropriate to use them? In this lesson, you’ll learn 7 things you need to know about how to use “gonna” and “wanna” correctly.


Knowing more about “gonna” and “wanna” is important to help you sound more like a native English speaker. They are not slang, and they are not only for informal situations! You can use them quite freely. However, you should know about some exceptions to really master English fluency.


  1. Don’t use “gonna” and “wanna” in formal writing.
  2. “Gonna” comes from “going to” and “wanna” comes from “want to”
  3. Actually, these words are two-times removed from the original phrases. “Going to” –> “Goin’ t'” –> “Gonna” and “Want to” –> “Want t'” –> “Wanna”
  4. It’s pronounced “gunna” not “gonna”
  5. Use them in all types of speaking, not only informally
  6. Unless you’re making a strong point
  7. Note the pronunciation of the negative sentences with “wanna.” “I don’t want to.” –> “I doh’ wanna”


What about “gonna” vs. “will?” When is it better to use “gonna” or “will” to express the future tense? I will teach you that in this next lesson right here about “gonna” vs. “will.”


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