In Spanish, many useful expressions are formed by combining two verbs. When this occurs, the first verb is conjugated, while the second verb remains in the infinitive form.


ir, viajar

  • Yo voy a viajar a España.

I am going to travel to Spain.

acabar, comer

  • Tú acabas de comer.

You have just eaten.

saber, nadar

  • Juan sabe nadar.

Juan knows how to swim.

One such expression combines the verb ir (conjugated) with an infinitive. The preposition “a” is always used. The formula is:
ir a + infinitive = to be going to do something (in the near future)


  • Voy a llevar a mi hermana a su casa.

I am going to take my sister to her house.

  • Vas a invitar a muchas muchachas.

You are going to invite lots of girls.

  • Cristina va a conversar con mi mamá.


  • voy
  • vas
  • va
  • vamos
  • vais
  • van

Here are some useful words and expressions for pinpointing exactly when you are going to do something:

  • hoy


  • mañana


  • más tarde


  • esta tarde

this afternoon

  • la semana que viene

next week

  • el mes que viene

next month

  • el año que viene

next year

  • esta noche


  • mañana por la mañana

tomorrow morning

  • mañana por la tarde

tomorrow afternoon

  • mañana por la noche

tomorrow night