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My mom planned to call my sister last night, but she forgot.

Mary ___________ tell me a secret, but didn't.

The game __________ be played at 1pm, but it rained, so they postponed the starting time.

Originally, Tricia and Mark ___________ come, but they changed their minds and came!

I was standing in line and I _____________ buy the Inception DVD, but I decided to put it down because I needed to save money.

We ___________ play chess, but there was really nothing better to do, so we decided to play.

Phillip and I ___________ see the movie, but we were pulled over by the police for speeding and had to miss it.

I thought Messi _______________ score, but he just missed the net!

______ you _________ tell us?

I thought that you _____________ be there. What happened? Why didn't you come?

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263 Comments on “English Grammar – The future in the past – “Was/Were going to””

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Hi, Alex, what’s up?
Thank you for your wonderful video class (and explanation). I’ve got a question, maybe you could help me to undertand it.

Let’s pretend a friend of mine tells me he is going with me to church. Using this verb as a main one, how can I use it in the past?

Let’s pretend a friend of mine tells me something like this: “I’m going to church with you”.

How can I say this same sentence in the past?

He told me he was going to church with me?
He told me he was going TO GO to church with me?
or BOTH?

Thanks again.
Bye for now.

Friday, April 15th 2011

    First of all, I wanna thank Alex for this awesome video
    Secondly, according to the sentence that Wenderson wrote sayin “I’m going to Church with you”
    Well, that’s different coz this sentence is in present continuous tense where you guys are on your way to Church, so the sentence should be written this way ” I’m going to go with you to church” and if we want to make in the past ; ” I was going to go with you to Church” that’s all

    Saturday, April 16th 2011

    Hi Wenderson,

    You can use both. The difference is that in one sentence you are using the past continuous tense to talk about the future (“He told me he was going to church with me”), and in the other you are using the construction I talked about above. To me, the second sentence sounds a little better, and more common in my own experience.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      Thanks Alex. I think we can use both but there are some differences in meaning. “He told me he was going to church with me” is only the past continuous tense and not talking about the future. Just like, “he told me he was eating when light went out yesterday”.Second one is correct to describe the future action in past. I am your student so hope you excuse me if i misunderstood.

      Monday, September 26th 2011

    I wasn’t gonna study 2day but i changed my opinion

    Monday, March 27th 2017

simple and meaningful.thanks

Saturday, April 16th 2011

Hi Alex,

Could you tell me what is the difference between “Going to” and “Going to go to”. i can’t grasp it.
Looking to hear from you.


Saturday, April 16th 2011

    Hi sandeep,

    Good question!

    The formula for using “going to” for future plans is this:

    Subject + be + going to + base verb

    You can say things like “I am going to see a movie,” or “I am going to stay at home this weekend.”

    “I am going to go” is just another variation of this structure. You are using GO as the base verb. You can say something like “I am going to go to my aunt’s house tomorrow,” or “I am going to go to the library.”

    In spoken word, many English speakers also use the following form:

    “I am going to go see a movie.”

    While this is technically grammatically awkward, it sounds natural and is accepted by native English speakers.

    I hope this helps.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      Hi Alex,
      Thanks for telling me.

      So you mean both sense are right. means we use “going to” in written whereas “going to go” in spoken English. is it right?

      Hoping to hear from you.

      Monday, April 18th 2011

      Hi Alex I have a question about your explanation

      You wrote: “I am going to go see a movie”

      Why not you put the verb “to” next to the verb “go”?
      Can you omit the verb “to” in this case or you can add too?

      Thanks in advance :D

      Saturday, April 23rd 2011

        sorry “you can add it too”

        Saturday, April 23rd 2011

I wasn’t going to leave a Comment, but I found this Lesson with a question useful for me, so thank you Alex.

Good job.

Saturday, April 16th 2011

thank you for this lesson

Saturday, April 16th 2011

I got 9 out of 10! Nice score but I want it perfect. hehe. I was confused with this because of the word “game”:

The game __________ be played at 1pm, but it rained, so they postponed the starting time.

I answered were going to instead of was going to. Anyway, thanks for a wonderful lesson Teacher Alex! :)

Saturday, April 16th 2011

    lol..same here apple…

    Sunday, May 8th 2011

      apple? you’re her boyfriend

      Wednesday, May 25th 2011

I got 9 out of 10
Thanks Alex it’s very helpful.

Saturday, April 16th 2011

Thank you)))))))))

Saturday, April 16th 2011

very useful.,thank u.

Saturday, April 16th 2011

I’m a little confused on when i’m going to use “was” and “were”. Is it related on singular or plural subjects. Should i use was when i’m talking about a single subject? but “were” is also used in single subject like “i thought you were going to be there.”.. Thank you very much for helping us.
-Jeiami from the Philippines

Saturday, April 16th 2011

    Dear Jeiami,
    He + was
    She + was
    It + was
    All others + were

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

    Hi jeiami,

    It all depends on which subject you are using. Here are the rules for “was” and “were” depending on the subject:

    I was
    You were
    He/She/It was
    We were
    They were

    Good luck! I hope this helps!

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

      Thank you Alex cuz I was lose too.
      Carlos from Granada, Nicaragua.

      Sunday, May 1st 2011

Hi Alex,
I would know if I can substitute this form “I was/were going…” with conditional form, for example: “I should have called you but I forgot”. Is it the same or is it wrong?
Thanks a lot

Saturday, April 16th 2011

    Your sentence is correct, but it has a slightly different meaning. “I should have called you” shows regret about the past, while “I was going to call you” shows an intention or plan you had in the past, but that you did not act on.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

Great lesson Alex.
I have a question:
What’s the difference between ‘I was to’ and ‘I was going to’? They seem to be almost the same. Perhas I was to is old fashioned because I run across it in books.

Saturday, April 16th 2011

    Hi Juan,

    “I was to” is not common in everyday speech, and the only example I can think of where you would use it is in formal situations or literature. For example:

    “I was to call her early the next day.”

    In this case, “I was to” shows that the person had an obligation to call. It’s similar to saying “I was supposed to call her the next day.”

    “I was going to call her” shows a past intention or plan, and has a slightly different meaning.

    I hope this helps.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

Hello Ronnie,

Thanks a lot for your video’s. I have a quick question about “use of haven’t”. Could you please explain me?

Many thanks

Saturday, April 16th 2011

Hey Alex. One more question: What’s the difference between WILL and GOING TO?

Saturday, April 16th 2011

    That’s a big question, so I will try to give you a compact answer. :)

    “Going to” is used for set plans in the future. You use it to talk about things that are likely to happen, or that you are very certain of.

    “Will” is used to make predictions about the future, or when you make a decision at the moment. For example:

    “Do you want to see a movie tonight?”
    “I have some work to do at home first, but okay, I will be there!”

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

hi thanks for the lesson its really helpfull.make learning more fun…:)

Sunday, April 17th 2011

hi teacher Alex;
I scored 10 out of 10 thanks alot,I appreciate your help…..

Sunday, April 17th 2011

    Not a problem! Congratulations on your quiz score!

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

Hello my friend , my browser can not show the video , can you help me ?
thanks a lot

Sunday, April 17th 2011

    Hi! Check if you can see other Youtube videos; if not, it might be blocked where you are, or you might need to install the Flash plugin.

    Monday, April 18th 2011

      Can you guys provide a lesson about the parameters we should fellow to choose a good bilingual dictionary.

      Wednesday, April 20th 2011

        The oxford dictionaries. Actually I think that you were going to make a good purchase, obviously from english into your language and veceverse.

        Monday, September 9th 2013

Alex .. i like your way in teaching especially in grammer lessons .. god bless u ..

i have a problem and i need to help
the problem is in using past perfect, present perfect and future perfect.. can you made a lesson in those subjects as Comparison ..

and what is the time that we should to write or speak in past perfect, present perfec..and future perfect ..
thanks and have a nice night sir ..

Sunday, April 17th 2011

thanks so much , Teacher Alex ,i really got a great benefit of you in this subject and i like the way you teach and your speech can be understood for all


Sunday, April 17th 2011

thik you for that i love this

Sunday, April 17th 2011

Hi Alex
your teaching was great !
thank you

Sunday, April 17th 2011

hello alex
how are you…i hope you are very well
thank you for this videos and i am grateful to your hard work

Sunday, April 17th 2011

Hi Alex,
I like it very much you’re great teacher who explains simply

Monday, April 18th 2011

good question for me
i can learn for my exam

Monday, April 18th 2011

Thank you so much…what a great service you are rendering to us-the second language strugglers!
Abundant blessings to you from the Almighty Creator!

Monday, April 18th 2011

Thank you for your interesting lecture. I found your website today and I have decided to be your student till now.

Monday, April 18th 2011

Alex, you’re great ! My listening have been improving since I heard you. And this lesson was very good ! Thank you !

Monday, April 18th 2011

Thanks Alex for the nice Video lesson.

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

10 out of 10 like usual :-) thanks once again Mr. Alex for great efforts.

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Thank You Sir For This Great Lesson.

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Can I say ‘I am going to come to your house/your country/the party’?

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Hi Alex first of all i want to say thanks to Engvid.
I want to download this videos for future purpose.Could you please help me..

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

hello sir Alex,i really appreciate your way in teaching grammar,thanks u so much ,and i hope one day you will going to talk about tenses ,it’s an issue for us,because english is our third language

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Mr. Alex you are the best
thanks for this lesson it’s very usefull :)

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Hi there alex i have a question to u that is
When should we use so and too
Example(am so hungry? or am too hungry?)

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

this structure seems to be a little bit similar to reported speech….isn’t it Alex?? thanks

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Dear Teacher Alex,

Thank you so much for your help. I scored 10 out of 10!

Thursday, April 21st 2011

Tanks Alex
I’m really find help in your lessons, and my English was improved.
your are gentle teacher

Thursday, April 21st 2011

ur marvellous teacher

Thursday, April 21st 2011


Thursday, April 21st 2011

Thanks Alex I will practise everyday

Thursday, April 21st 2011

I really don’t know how to thank you .

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

Alex, thanks fot this lesson…

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

you are great,please give me some information about a good book to read

Saturday, April 23rd 2011

I finally found a great internet english course for free!!!!

Saturday, April 23rd 2011


Saturday, April 23rd 2011

i got the perfect score.. hehe.. i thought i didn’t understand… but, i understand… hehe… tnx.

Sunday, April 24th 2011

Thank you Alex.
I was planing to get the full score, but I missed 2 points!
That is because I thought that this is so easy!

Sunday, April 24th 2011

Thanks Alex for THIS lesson . I have a question “could I use a semicolon instead of however between independent clauses ?

Monday, April 25th 2011

I have six faults=)

Thanx dear teacher!!!!(***)

Tuesday, April 26th 2011

Dear Sir,
thank you for your worndeful video & Explanation. sir please can you help me regarding english spelling problems.last 4 year i am try to corret my spelling but it ont work out so please can you help me

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

syalalala….got 9 point :))) not bad, I will work harder ::))
Thanks for the lesson Alex ::))

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

i learned a lot by studing ur lectures. thnxxxx

Thursday, April 28th 2011

I scored 9 out of 10.

Friday, April 29th 2011

thank you teachers so much

Friday, April 29th 2011

Thank u for ur lessones .I got a good mark

Saturday, April 30th 2011


Sunday, May 1st 2011

Thank you for your lessons.

God Bless you for being a great teacher.

from Granada, Nicaragua

Sunday, May 1st 2011

Sao Pulo, Monday 2nd May 2011
Hi there
My name is Edson and i live in Sao Paulo Brazil i have been studying English
to improve my knoledgement.
However i have some doubts about
Past perfect tense.
Please guys send me some examples.
Thank you for while.
May you have a fantastic week.
Warm Regards.

Monday, May 2nd 2011

nice video.. i like the way you explained the the future in the past.. it helps me a lot.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

thank you teacher for everything

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

thank you teachers for everything

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

Thank you so much i learn so much thanks for helping :)thanx

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

hi Alex, I just had known the phan in the future. And with your lesson I have known the future in the past. thank you so much!

Friday, May 6th 2011

dear sir!
i was thought my english is terrible but now i am doing better sir

thanks to you sir…

Sunday, May 8th 2011

thank you very much teacher Alex. it was very interesting and understandable for me. i couldn’t understand before this grammar. but in this lesson there isn’t quiz(test) above. i enjoy your lesson quiz after i watched your lessons. and thanks a lot. i wish you good luck.

Sunday, May 8th 2011

hello Alex,
Im learned easy and understand clear.
Thanks a lot….

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

Hi, Alex
I listen to you everyday because you (and your collegue)have an american accent, no british accent,so sometimes I get lost and I don’t understand “any” steps of your speech, but I can understand the meaning of it, that is very useful for me because I need to learn (for my job) american accent, thanks. But I wanna do a question…. Why do the English teachers in the world continue to teach grammar rules? In this way when we (pupils)speak we always think at the rules ….present perfect…no, present perfect continuous….now I have to put “any” (because negative sentence)….yes but it’s interrogative sentence with “would” so I have to put “some” no “any” ….little no few or very fewer ecc. We (pupils) won’t speack fluenty but in hiccup way. I answer corretly at all your questions on test-quiz, without knowing any rule (I made it before to look your video). So my suggest is… we should learn english like a baby who doesn’t know any rule but he can speaks corretly when you go at the first elementary school, how?? listenig his parents, his brothers, his friends, listening everybody and relate with them. Sorry, it wasn’t my intention to teach someone something, I just wanted to exchange some opinions. Let me know something and sorry for my english.

Bye from Italy

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

    I agree with most of what you said. Let’s see what Alex says…

    Thursday, May 12th 2011

    Hi 610seiunozero! I would like to react to your comment. Yes, it’d be super not to learn any grammatical rules and just learn a language by “intuition” such as babies… but to be honest I don’t think it can work and I explain you why! I’m French and I live in Italy since 10 years. Before coming in Italy, I could speak a little Italian but I’ve learnt most of the things living here. As I see it, living in a country is the easiest way to learn a language (you have no choice, to be understood you have to speak and listen!) but don’t delude yourself if you think it’d be enough! If you don’t learn and understand rules, you always speak an approximated language. Of course, you’d able to speak and be understood by others, but you’ll never speak like natives ones. Even if you do mistakes, no one corrects you! (because they don’t want to offend you , because they understand so that’s enough for them, because they don’t care or because they themselves don’t speak well!!!) If I tell you that last week, I’ve “discovered” a new Italian grammatical rule after 10 years living here!!! (10 years of mistakes!!!! OOOOPS!) For the babies, it’s a different story. They are “new” and not conditioned by a language and a way of thinking! Their brains are new and ready to learn everything. I’m a mother of a 5-years-old boy and for my son it’s a complete different story than for me. I’ve always spoken to him in French and his father in Italian. Now he’s completely bilingual. He can speak fluently the both languages without any problem and in a very natural way. I’m sure that within few years he’ll speak better Italian than me! I am also sure that even if I speak fluently Italian I could never be bilingual as my son. (for example, I’m still not able to do a multiplication in Italian, I have to calculate in French!!) But for the rules that you always need to think about, don’t worry! That’s true, that at the beginning you hesitate, you need to think about… (and not in a very natural way !) but that’s normal! Your brain need to be used at a new way of thinking with a logical different from your normal ones. The important thing is to learn the rule at least one time. (and of course to understand it!!) and little by little, when you’ll see the rule in different contexts (film, book…) without even thinking about it, you’ll understand and the most important thing, you’ll memorize it and be able to use later it without problems! More you study the rules, (and exceptions!!) better you’ll understand the logical and better you’ll speak after!! (nearly as a native one!) I’m not a teacher, I just wanted to share my experience. I’d be glad if you’d let me know what you think about my way of thinking!!! Bye.
    P.S. Who is the “zero” one?! (610?) :)

    Tuesday, September 20th 2011

      Wow, you were so brief!

      Sunday, November 13th 2011

        I know! Brevity has always been my strong point… :)

        Monday, November 14th 2011

      Hi there,
      U’ve shared ur profitable experiences as well.Lots of tx.
      Best of luck!

      Tuesday, January 24th 2012

        Thanks Fatiima for your nice comment! Even if I think now that the day I wrote my comment I was a “little” out of mind… My comment seems more a book than a comment!! ;) Thanks anyway!!! All the best to you!

        Wednesday, January 25th 2012

          Hi Milly,
          I’d like your comment very much and it was very useful to me really thanks for sharing this rich information i’m living in turkey now and i’m confused about what is the best way to learn language and use it as a native speaker
          can you help me and give me an advice like notes to follow according to your experience,
          thanks in advanced

          Tuesday, October 14th 2014

How can I know is it you in the last question one person or more?
Is not it possible that the answer can be “is going to” if there is only one person?

Thursday, May 12th 2011

yeaah I got 8 of 10 !! thats good!! isn’t it???

Saturday, May 14th 2011

Hi~!!!your explain is good to me. i’ve been studing english but It’s difficult to me that how to speak english . but I will do my best!!

Sunday, May 15th 2011

Thank you for knowledge. see ya

Monday, May 16th 2011

thank you Mr Alex for this helpful podcast

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

I am begineer English student. I am wonder, that helpful web page to learn this important and necessary Idiom. Thanks to all teachers, the classes are perfect.

Friday, May 20th 2011

I’am a Filipino and I’m really willing to learn more about English language/grammar rules and everything. This topic is very interesting and I hope that more lessons to post and examples. thanks for this site I really like it. thanks also for sharing your knowledge to all of us. more power and God bless as will.

Friday, May 27th 2011

I like very your all lessons

Monday, May 30th 2011

Hi people and all the teachers, you are the best . I love english and like to see your videos on you tube.
I would like to say Hi teacher Ronnie! nice to meet you.

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

Mr.Alex, thanks fot this lesson…

Saturday, June 4th 2011

Thanks Alex for you time

Saturday, June 11th 2011

Thank you
you helped me a lot
keep going :)

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Oow !
ıt was my fırst full little quiz. ı was always failed the exams. but that time was different thanks alex it was awesome with your explanation!
you good man :D

Monday, June 27th 2011

thanks Alex
you helped me alot

Monday, July 11th 2011

Thank you Alex!

Monday, July 18th 2011

Thank you, Alek. You are very good teacher. Your explanation is very easy for understanding.

Saturday, July 23rd 2011

hi Alex, i love the video and the way you teach. it s help me lot to explain to my students. i m a new comer. i have some questions related to the future in the past.what is the different between “was/were+going to” and “would” in the future in the past?when we use “would”? how about “should” can it be used for future in the past?
looking to hear from you

tiyut from indonesia

Wednesday, July 27th 2011

you are great guys! very good job and for free!
im from greece and im preparing for proficiency in november!

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Hi Alex, I am from Saudi and you lesson was so helpfull for me

Monday, August 15th 2011

hi Mr.Alex
i m a new student here, i like ur teaching, i got many knowledge about english here…
thank u very much…

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

thank you very much
i need more practice yea because i get 6 out of 10

Thursday, August 18th 2011

thanx for your valuable help.IT cleared my doubts

Friday, August 26th 2011

can we say :
you promised us that you would do something?(in the future of the past?)??

Monday, September 5th 2011

tsss nice lesson, it was very helpful, thanks a lot!

Friday, September 16th 2011

Sorry Mr Engvid for the lenght of the message!! I haven’t realized that it was so long!! OOOPPPS! :)

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

thanks alot MR ALEX .

Saturday, September 24th 2011

Hi Teacher Alex, I scored 10 out of 10. Thanx a lot for your wonderful lesson! However, I’ve some doubts about the perfect tenses. Would you please explain the difference between the present perfect and the present perfect continuous;the past perfect and past perfect continuous and lastly the future perfect and future perfect continuous.And please send me an example of each. Thank you very much in advance..God bless..

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

first of all i’d like to thnk Mr.Alex !hope you doing well . I still lerning some base points which can help me to bring up my self . Thank u for ur wonder speechs . have great days .

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

hi alex
thx for your excellent pictorial presentation……i think every one can understand this video ….thx a lot.
but i have one problem it is very shame to me.i can’t remember selling of english words. please tell me which way i have to prates to remember the spelling of words
am waiting for your response ………..urs Naveen from INDIA

Sunday, October 9th 2011

I will follow all your vid ….I really appreciate your effort!

Saturday, October 15th 2011

Hi Alex I`m from Brazil, was a pleasure to meet you again on the internet.I have ever been studied with you in Montreal just alf two months ago in A.L.I, you are a skil teacher grammar in my opinion, tank you for this lesson,but I`m going to study more. I hope a answer you.

Sunday, October 16th 2011

Hi my favorite teacher Mr. Alex,
i offer you sincere thanks a lot to open my eye. i want to know is there any differences between UK and USA English in pronunciation and grammar? Kindly solute me.Best of luck.

Friday, November 4th 2011

Don’t we write the last sentence like “You promised that you were going to help me TO study”?

Friday, November 11th 2011

hai alex.u r classes very nice.i under stand u r classes easily……….thank u……….

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

I think your lesson is very useful.I like it.Thanhk you so much.Trung from VIetNam

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

this is the great video! thanks for your lesson!

Wednesday, November 30th 2011

Thanks Alex so much!I like the way of your teaching,I think,i learn more some of time,my english can be improve to the best!!!!

Sunday, December 4th 2011

He alex that was great lesson, I just recently realized that my english was so poor for work particularly in grammar ,and verily find an Engvid is awesome.

Sunday, December 4th 2011

thanks Alex for this lesson.
I was going to give this website adresse’s to my freind,but i forgot.

Tuesday, December 6th 2011


Tuesday, December 6th 2011

First of all thank you very much! Could you please clarify usage BIG and LARGE. Many thanks.

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

Hi Alex.
Thanks for all your useful lessons.
I have some problems in using “future in the past” .
For example when I wanna say
“before I got here, my supervisor had emailed me and told me that he … come to the airport to pick me up, but I replied that I… already asked the pick up service of the uni to pick me up” I don’t know which tenses I should use in the gaps!
I guess it shouldn’t be was/were going to. Am I right?

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

hi teacher alex, thank you for this wonderful and very informative video.:)

Saturday, December 17th 2011

Iam going to learn english in school but iwas going to study in english vidio

Monday, December 19th 2011

Thanks, Alex. Your explanations are very logically and I like it.
Could i ask a little confusing question? For example, you said that you are going to visit your friend in two days. But you come earlier, i.e. next day, and you are going to explain this situation.
“I was going to visit you tomorrow, but I have arrived today”. Is it right or wrong?
Thank you

Thursday, December 22nd 2011

love it..!!!

Saturday, January 7th 2012

hi sir,
this video really helped me. thank u so much.

Tuesday, January 10th 2012

Hello!! Alex you are good teacher.

Saturday, January 14th 2012

Thank you Alex, your lessons better.

Monday, January 16th 2012

I have some broblem with this.

______ you _________ tell us?

Was you going to…
Were you going to…

Why is firs answer is wrong? I think with I we need to use Was.
Thank you.

Monday, January 16th 2012

Thank you a lot Mr Alex , you are so good teacher ,,,,

Sunday, January 22nd 2012

hi Alex!
I’ve a question… the “FUTURE IN THE PASST” could be used in other types of future? thanks…

Friday, January 27th 2012

thanks a lot

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

hello alex, i have a couple duoubts: why in the two last questions i cant use the word was? because the correct answer start whit were you going to… and the last were going to

i hope you can help me. tanks

Sunday, February 5th 2012

hello alex!! i think you are great teacher, and this lesson is very useful.. but i would like to learn about future perfect, future perfect continuous and future continuous, i am a little confuse.. i hope you can help me..


Saturday, February 11th 2012

hi alex
i m in canada,and want to improve my english what shuld i do ?
do you have esl centre?

Friday, February 17th 2012

thx sir it’s amazing

Monday, March 12th 2012

am question Alex what is de different between yet and still; could you explain to me. i am a student the low level and my english it is not so good.

Sunday, March 25th 2012

    i am sorry i wrote a mistake in the first comment. i wanted to write ” i have question. i expect that you understad me.

    Sunday, March 25th 2012

thanks sir

Thursday, March 29th 2012

Am new for this video lesson,wow it is amezing thanks for all techers

Thursday, March 29th 2012

Dear Alex, I am very weak of in English, but I got 10 out of 10! thank you for your wanderful video lesson.

Friday, April 20th 2012

What is the correct way: church is me and you or church are me and you?

Thursday, April 26th 2012

Perfect Alex!! thanks

Monday, April 30th 2012

thanks you save me

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

thanks Alex for this wonderful lesson.

Friday, May 25th 2012

Hi teacher
I would like to ask you about the grammar for this sentence:
I thought you were going to call me, but you didn’t!

It should need a connector between “I thought” and “you were…..?”

Thursday, June 21st 2012

who in this world is Alex??? I don’t know him… I want to be his friend =)

Thursday, June 28th 2012

I love this class!

Thursday, June 28th 2012

I’m happy because you are a big help for me!!! Thanks!

Thursday, June 28th 2012

Thanks Alexitow!

Thursday, June 28th 2012

very useful video on english,many days thought how to talk future in past..even got tired of thinking thanks a lot alex…..

Friday, June 29th 2012

you r doing job wall .i want to study with u with skype is is possible

Friday, July 6th 2012

I can’t find the words to thank you.

Monday, July 16th 2012

Thank you Alex For your lesson.
Good Job.

Sunday, July 22nd 2012

Which is correct?
‘Normalcy’ or ‘Normality’

Friday, July 27th 2012

What is the difference between wiil and shall?
Which sentence is correct?
“I will call you at 8pm”
“I shall call you at 8pm”

Friday, July 27th 2012

Hi Alex,

Which correct verb shall be used in this sentence?

The loss of his jobs was/were a big blow to his family.



Friday, August 3rd 2012

thanks you are the best

Saturday, August 4th 2012

Hi Teacher! Thanks for your explanation on… talking about future in the past. You always explain the classes in an easy and direct way!

I love to learn with you, you´re a good teacher! :)

Saturday, August 18th 2012

hi ronnie,one day at the store i had heard this man asking his friend .’are finish to buy? is it right?..in my oppinion seems like its not correct..am i correct with my sentences?thank alot..

Sunday, August 19th 2012

Teacher, what part of speech is this highlighted?

I want >to go< but I can’t

Thursday, August 30th 2012

The way Alex is teaching on engVid, its really very easy to understand it, thanks to made this learning easy with your great effort.

I had also seen many idioms lesson, and wishing few more idioms lesson from Alex.

Wednesday, September 5th 2012

thank you Alex you are my best online teacher , good luck

Sunday, September 9th 2012

THANK YOU,Alex!!! I’ve got 10 score!!! It means your explanation was perfect!!!

Saturday, September 15th 2012


Wednesday, September 19th 2012

Thanks Alex,another great lesson!

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

hello teacher !you are so ,greatful for me i guess so! Actually i am not a qualify person but i am really intrest in english this is the hobby of my real life and i am going to learn english as much as i long .thank you so much and just read my comment i don’t know it is right or wrong .

Sunday, October 14th 2012

Hello, Alex… I´m confused in sth….
You said that this is talk about about things that were planned but never happened… So there is one example in you video “I always knew you were going to marry” and it actually happened… so the rule was broken about failed things that we planned in the future ???? I’m confused… can you explain that one to me… thanks!

Saturday, October 27th 2012

    In other examples Alex has included ‘but’
    But it didn’t happen..

    Thursday, January 16th 2014

Hı Sir
Thank you so much for all your lessons but would please explain me how can ı know when (you) is plural or single in a phrase for expl. the 2 last phrases in the quiz

Sunday, November 4th 2012

I have a question, I know the Topic is was/were + going to, but can we use another verb in gerund, and If we can use it, what kind of verb it would be??

Saturday, November 17th 2012

the sentence is ” I saw him pass by my house yesterday” does it mean ” I saw him going past by my house yesterday”?

Friday, November 23rd 2012

    That’s correct!

    Thursday, December 13th 2012

Well done :) I like the way you teach.

Friday, November 30th 2012

HI, its very useful for me Thanku sir…!

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

hi, Alex! When you say ” was going ” and when “went”. The bought are on past tense but when you use it?

Wednesday, December 12th 2012

And what about the use of “would” for the future in the past..?

Thursday, December 13th 2012

and what about the future in the past by using “would”?

Thursday, December 13th 2012

    That’s also possible.


    “I believed/thought/felt that he would run over me!”

    Thursday, December 13th 2012

      Can I say “She said He would be going to call” instead of “She said He was going to call”?
      In other words can I use “Future Continuos-in-the-Past” instead of “Was/Were going to”?
      Thanks in advance =)

      Thursday, June 27th 2013

        Hi in my opinion we will not use like that .‘I am going to’ is similar to ‘will’ but ‘i was going to is not equal to ‘would’.
        she told me they would win but they didn’t

        Thursday, January 16th 2014

Thank you Alex.
Quite bloody example.. :-)
(sorry for my question repetion, unintentional..).

Are there any significant differences between the two uses?

Friday, December 14th 2012

Can somebody help?
What’s the difference between “it” and “this”. I mean when and how do we use them?
It is a book vs this is a book, whats the difference?

Tuesday, December 25th 2012

    Hi i think both are correct.Here book is an object it,this can be used to represent such an object.
    What is this? This is a book
    What is it? It is a book

    Thursday, January 16th 2014

Thanks so much

Monday, January 14th 2013

Excelent lesson Alex, thank you very much

Saturday, January 19th 2013

awesome sir,thank you so moch

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

wow…..i liked your explanation alex, yet i have to teach it to MEXICAN students, hence it becomes WAY more, i wouldn´t say harder just more challenging. cuz of that whole past in the future in the past….that is confusing on its own…but thanks, cool vid bro!

Thursday, February 7th 2013

Actually a heve a problem in using past tense..when i use was/were and when i use past verb..”i played football yesterday or i was play football yesterday..

Friday, February 8th 2013

    Hi..In my opinion
    ‘I am going to’ is similar to ‘will’
    Therefore the past tense of ‘I am going to’ is ‘I was going to or You/They were going to’..This one is based on a future plan in the past,which is different from ‘i played football yesterday or i was playing(play+ing–continuous action ) football yesterday.

    Thursday, January 16th 2014

would tell me how to use thought and tohgh

Friday, February 15th 2013

I enjoy your explanations about “was/were going”. Thank you!

Saturday, February 16th 2013

i got perfect score!! tnx sir alex…

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

Thank you Alex for the excellent lesson. Cheers!!

Thursday, July 18th 2013

Hi,Every One I from india I have just registerd on this webside I working in BPO and i just improve my US & Uk english acccent is there any lesson it will help me to my english accent.

Pandit Gurav

Saturday, August 17th 2013

I got 8 points, but I have a doubt if the negative or affirmative answer change the result.
I mean that the answer in negative can be as correct as affirmative because we are making a test of tenses.

Monday, September 9th 2013

wowwwww I got 100,,greatttt,,Thanks sir Alex,,,,:)

Thursday, September 19th 2013

Thank you Alex. I really learn from this.

Sunday, October 27th 2013

Thank you Alex! Is this correct Are you going to be finished with your report by Friday? Thank you.

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

I got 100 so it is simple and very nice. By virtue of my excellent teacher Alex. Thanks so much for Alex.

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Very useful lesson I took today.
One more time Thank u so much my great far… far… teacher.
I have no money to pay an English course( here in Brazil is very expensive).I’ve always taken English class by myself through the books,magazine and I never had a teacher.
But now when I can go to the Lan house I watch engvid my virtual school.It’s amazing.

Saturday, January 18th 2014

Hi Alex
Thanks for your video, I got 9 correct out of 10. I have a question here.
What if I want to express my thought in the past and the thought would happen in the future? For example ,in the present, I’m talking to my B friend about a letter that my A friend said he/ she will call B friend (future plan). But A hasn’t called B. So I’m not sure whether A would call B. I believed in the past and I have no idea now. ( A didn’t say what time will he/ she call. Maybe A might call later but we don’t know.)
The time line is like: [4pm] A said to me; [9pm, in the present, now] I’m talking to B.

Does the sentence “I thought A is going to call you (B)” make sense?

Because it’s not the case that I were A, I don’t know whether A forget or not. Probably A doesn’t forget, it’s just because B and I don’t know when A will call. In your video, the examples you gave almost describe the thing should haven’t/ have been done in the past and the thing did/ didn’t finish- all are in the past.
I think “I thought A was going to call you” is more like… I’m telling B that I believe A was just saying and I’m sure that A won’t call. Is it right?

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

I’ve never thought this would so much esay.. I appreciate that. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

thanks very much

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

I’ve got perfect score. thank you so much.

Saturday, April 5th 2014

Happy Sunday everyone, I answered 3 quizzes this morning and I’ve got perfect score. I love EngVid.

Saturday, April 5th 2014

very good lesson,but I have one questions to quiz number 3.The verb after going to is past smple .Why.

Thursday, May 1st 2014


Friday, May 16th 2014

Alex I perfectly understood the lesson on second chance do 100 per cent thanks I am having a better understanding of the english language.

Saturday, May 17th 2014

hi Alex please let me know difference between past continuous and past future cause the structure is same and I got confuse

Friday, June 27th 2014

Thank you for the lesson! I enjoyed so much!

Thursday, July 3rd 2014

You are a lifesaver.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014

I got 80 %. Thanks.

Saturday, August 16th 2014

Thank You very much MR ALEX.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Thank you, Alex.
I wasn’t going to sleep last night because I had to prepare a presentation. However, I slept since 8pm.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Ha ha, i going to learn it or NOT?

Thursday, September 25th 2014

It’s a joke :D

Thursday, September 25th 2014

Excellent your explanation, Alex. Thanks.

Friday, December 5th 2014


Wednesday, January 14th 2015

Present Continuous with a Future meaning.

Could you talk about this tense?

I need to learn that, really. Thanks in advance.

Monday, January 19th 2015

Hi, alex! Your lessons are very useful to us. Thanks!
I would ask you a question about the difference between “going to” and “will”. How should I use these two terms?

Monday, January 26th 2015


Tuesday, January 27th 2015


Wednesday, February 11th 2015

Thank you Sir.

Monday, April 20th 2015

I was going to see you at my dream last night so I slept but you didn’t come
What happened

Monday, June 8th 2015

Hi Alex,

Could you tell me what is the difference between “Going to” and “Going to go to”. i can’t grasp it.
Looking to hear from you.


Monday, August 10th 2015

thank you for helping struggling people like us, Alex

Wednesday, February 17th 2016

Thank you very much!

Thursday, February 25th 2016

very nice

Monday, March 14th 2016

Thanks alex, I got 9 out of 10

Sunday, April 3rd 2016

Thanks Alex was great

Sunday, May 15th 2016

I got 9 out of 10. I thought I was going to have less than that. thanks for your help.
I did not know about this tense.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016

Thanks Alex was great

Thursday, September 8th 2016

Thanks for all Alex… excellent video

Tuesday, September 13th 2016

Héhéhé 10/10 !! you rock Alex !!! thank you !!!

Tuesday, January 10th 2017

Hi Alex,

Thank you for your videos. It helped me. In the parties or when we go out with friends. I feel very awkward with my stupid English. I won’t answer properly for their questions. Very good English speaking is my life ambition. I lost so many friends because I won’t speak or share my feelings. I will practice each and every quiz. Thank you..

Monday, May 15th 2017

What is the difference in meaning?
I’m going to call you at 8 pm.
I’ll be calling you at 8 pm.

Sunday, October 1st 2017

Thank you for your lessons..
She is going to get married next week .or she is going to be getting married..which one is correct

Sunday, January 14th 2018

Thanks Alex.

Thursday, May 3rd 2018

Thank you Alex for your really helpful lesson, I liked it and I did the quiz but I got just 9 correct out of 10.

Sunday, July 22nd 2018

Hi Alex,perfect explanation.
could you make some videos on similar topic for example sentencies like this:

“If I had known this was coming ….”
“There was no chance I was waking up in the morning”

I understand the meaning but what would be the difference using other tenses:

“If I had known this was going to come/would come ….”
“There was no chance I was going to wake up/would wake up in the morning”


Saturday, December 8th 2018

Awesome , I got 100 points out of 10 in first time tried. Thanks

Sunday, December 23rd 2018

I got 100 points out of 10 in first time tried. Thanks

Sunday, December 23rd 2018

Hey Alex,
thanks for wonderful lessons, by the way, I’m interested in helping Engvid to translate your videos.
Please, tell me how to make a contact with Engvid.
Best regards :)

Friday, March 1st 2019

    Hi, Milunovic!

    You can add subtitles to engVid videos by clicking the gear (⚙️) icon in the lower right corner of the video, beside the CC button. Click on “Subtitles/CC” in the settings menu that comes up, and there should be an option to add your own subtitles. Here’s a picture of where the option is. For more details, see this help article.

    Friday, March 1st 2019

I got 10 out of 10 :) i love your video

Wednesday, March 13th 2019

thank you very much Mr.Alex

Tuesday, July 30th 2019

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