Going to – Interrogative form

You will study Going to in the interrogative form.


Going to – Interrogative form

Climatic zones in Australia

Instructions: Read the text and look at the words in bold.

Is it going to rain a lot in Australia this year?

I don’t know. The climate of Australia is significantly influenced by ocean currents, including the Indian Ocean Dipole and the El Niño – Southern Oscillation, which is correlated with periodic drought, and the seasonal tropical low-pressure system that produces ciclones in northern Australia. These factors cause rainfall to vary markedly from year to year. Much of the northern part of the country has a tropical, predominantly summer-rainfall (monsoon). The south-west corner of the country has a Mediterranean climate. Much of the south-east (including Tasmania) is temperate.

Australia. Retrieved and adapted March, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia

Getting started: IOD in Australian droughts

Instructions: Read about the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD):

When the IOD is in its negative phase, with cool Indian Ocean water west of Australia and warm Timor Sea water to the north, winds are generated that pick up moisture from the ocean and then sweep down towards southern Australia to deliver higher rainfall. In the IOD-positive phase, the pattern of ocean temperatures is reversed, weakening the winds and reducing the amount of moisture picked up and transported across Australia. The consequence is that rainfall in the south east is well below average during periods of a positive IOD. The IOD has a much more significant effect on the rainfall pattern in south-east Australia than the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the Pacific Ocean.

Australia. Retrieved March, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia

True or False?

Instructions: Choose T (true) or F (false) for the following statements.

When the IOD is in its negative phase winds are not generated.

When winds are generated it could rain in southern Australia.

In the IOD-positive phase, the pattern of ocean temperatures reduces the amount of moisture in Australia.

Let’s study “Going to” in the interrogative form.

Instructions: Look at the following information about Going to in the form:


Be + Going to is used to talk about the future, to express a plan or decision, or a certainty about the future based on evidence in the present, and it has the following structure:

Personal pronoun + be + going to


When we have to make a question, the personal pronoun and the verb ‘to be’ change their position in the sentence as follows:

Be + Personal pronoun + going to


For example, the sentence: They are going to make a picnic in the park tomorrow, will be as follows in the interrogative form: Are they going to make a picnic in the park tomorrow?


Look at the word order in the Interrogative form:

Auxiliary verbSubjectGoing toVerbComplementShort answers
Isitgoing torainin Australia this year?Yes, it is. / No, it isn't.
AreAustralian peoplegoing tofacemonsoons soon?Yes, they are. / No, they aren't.


Let´s see some examples:

SentenceInterrogative form
You are going to visit Australia next week Are you going to visit Australia next week?
You are going to start swimming lessons on SaturdayAre you going to start swimming lessons on Saturday?
She is going to meet him tomorrowIs she going to meet him tomorrow?
They are going to have a baby in two monthsAre they going to have a baby in two months?
It is going to rainIs it going to rain?


The rainy season

Instructions: Change the following sentences to the interrogative form:

  1. Dave is going to buy a new umbrella for the rainy season. ?
  2. . I am going to get two new raincoats. ?
  3. You are going to get a pair of new raining boots too. ?
  4. They are going to be a little expensive. ?
  5. We are going to be protected for the hard raining season. ?
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Climate Change in Australia

Instructions: Make questions with “be + going to” and the following prompts.

  1. it / be very hot all around australia this year. ?
  2. it / rain in southern Australia. ?
  3. people / travel a lot to australian rainy places. ?
  4. animals / be affected by climate change in australia. ?
  5. you / make a little research about climate change in australia.
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Climate Change Research Centre

Instructions: Choose the right option in the following senteces.

  1. Is / Are the Climate Change Research Centre going to move from the University of New South Wales soon?
  2. Is / Are the institution founders going to open new centres in other Australian universities?
  3. Is / Are there going to be a new Director in the CCRC in the University of New South Wales?
  4. Is / Are there going to be more weather categories in the centre?
  5. Is / Are the CCRC going to work with some European Climate institutes this year?
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