Following up just briefly on the gonna stuff from the end of the previous post, I noticed the following contrast last night.
Context: it’s getting late and you’re ready to leave the party, so you tell your friend:
(1) I’m leaving.
(2) I’m gonna leave.
Context: your friend sees you putting your coat on, so she asks:
(3) Are you leaving?
(4) #Are you gonna leave?
Sentences (1) and (2) are both perfectly acceptable when leaving a party, although I’d say (1) a bit more abrupt, or slightly less polite (in some cases) than (2).
In the case of questioning someone, however, at least in this context, the gonna (or going to) version in (4) sounds odd to me. I hear a lot of non-natives use it, especially here in Montreal.
It’s certainly acceptable in other contexts, though, e.g. when uttered with a tone of impatience, because you want the person to leave a.s.a.p.
Context: at a bar, a crude man with whiskey breath, unkempt hair, and an offensively ugly Hawaiian t-shirt ignores the systematic rejections of the girl he’s trying to pick up, so finally she asks:
(5) Are you gonna leave, or what?
Or maybe francophone Montrealers are just impatient with me.