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Serenity Carr, Associate Editor
Gotta, Gonna, Wanna
Wednesday January 5th 2022
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Does "gotta" mean "going to"? — Cricket, Myanmar [Burma]
Answer

Gotta, gonna, and wanna are common informal words used in writing to represent rapid speech. Gotta means "got to," gonna means "going to," and wanna means "want to."

Here are some additional pronunciation spellings you may see or hear:

dunno = don't know

gotcha = got you

lemme = let me

gimme = give me

 

Here are examples of each in a sentence:

  • I've gotta get home before dark.
  • He's gonna be a chef when he grows up.
  • I wanna eat lunch before we leave to run errands.
  • "Where's Sam?" "I dunno."
  • Don't worry about paying for your half of the pizza--I gotcha [=I'll pay for your half too].
  • Hey, lemme see that book!
  • Just gimme a minute--I'll come pick you up as soon as I'm done at work.

 

I hope this helps.

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