- (with bare infinitive) Eye dialect spelling of going to: used to express a future action.
- This spelling, like any eye dialect spelling, risks appearing condescending. Even when going to has the pronunciation that gonna denotes, it is usually spelled <going to>.
- Gonna, like the pronunciation it denotes, only occurs when indicating a future tense (something that is bound to happen or is planned); hence “I’m gonna go now”, but not *“I’m gonna the mall.”
Written form of a reduction of "going to". The pronunciation of present participles with the sound "n" rather than "ng" has a long history (see W:Phonological history of English consonants#G-dropping).