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Imma

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Condensed form of “I am going to.” Gonna is a common contraction, used especially in the Southern United States. The reason for its formation was likely to be because the word going in “going to” is almost always followed by to. Why have two separate words when the first is only used to precede the second? Thus, gonna was coined. In the same spirit, “I’m going to” is an increasingly popular phrase, and while I’m and going to can be used separately, to speakers using “I’m going to” frequently, there’s a strong motivation to extend the gonna contraction to encompass I’m as well – leading to imma. In some ways, this is a more educated person’s way of saying “Gonna be out this week” – grammatically incorrect since there’s no subject in the sentence – but used in African-American vernacular English, and lower social strata, fairly often. Imma includes a subject, and thus may escape these class connotations. Strangly, this word’s brevity is not necessary – one can easily use I’ll in place of imma! To do so makes the sentence short, grammatically correct, and with no overtones of linguistic laziness.
 
Imma be out this week.
Etymology : Contraction of the already contracted phrase “I’m gonna”
Source : Noah Liwag
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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