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WHAT IS the meaning of "gonna" and "wanna" ?

(A. A. Latheef, Alleppey)

"Gonna" is actually "going to" and "wanna" is "want to". In informal styles of writing, many Americans tend to spell these words in this manner. Similarly, "got to" is often spelt "gotta". In fact, one finds these words spelt in this manner in comic books. These spellings, however, are not acceptable in formal contexts. Teachers tend to frown on them. So you "gotta" know when it's OK to write "wanna" cos not everyone is "gonna" to accept it when it is spelt this way.

S. Upendran

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