"Be going to" form is called Simple Future in some English Grammar websites and books.

Simple Future has two different forms in English: "will" and "be going to" English Page

The Simple Future Tense has two different forms in English, will and be going to. Contextual English

I had discussion with a very good English user (I don't know if she is a native speaker or not) about this form. and she said she had never heard of "Be going to" described as Simple Future.

So, Is it common to describe "Be going to" form as Simple Future?

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    I think yes. I consider it as a form of future simple when it's interchangeable with will. Because, There are some cases that it's not.
    – Yuri
    Feb 18, 2017 at 21:35
  • I will be going to the opera next week. I will be going to the dentist soon.
    – WRX
    Feb 18, 2017 at 22:44
  • @Willow Rex it's worth mentioning that be going to in your examples is not a form of the modal be going to but future continuous (will+be+verb+ing) and it's the main verb of your sentence that the simple form of it is go.
    – Yuri
    Feb 19, 2017 at 9:01
  • @Yuri, thanks, I suck at grammar -- that helps me.
    – WRX
    Feb 19, 2017 at 14:27

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This one is tricky because you need to remember to conjugate the verb. Technically, it is "to be going to". But yes, they are mostly interchangeable. For example, the following two sentences have the same meaning:

I am going to have my car fixed tomorrow.

I will have my car fixed tomorrow.

But it is incorrect to say:

I be going to have my car fixed tomorrow.

In this example, the verb to be has not been conjugated.

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