First of all, I have read the answers about "gonna have to" usage, and they are quite clear:

I am gonna have to vs I have to



The answers say that the extra words work as a politeness device. OK.

But I have heard gonna have to only from American English speakers, so my question is: Is it an Americanism?

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    Apparently the "going to have to ask" construction is not exactly unknown in the British corpus.
    – Robusto
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 3:19
  • @Robusto. Thanks for the google book search trick. Do you know if there a way to superimpose two graphs - one for AmE and another for BrE. Also, just to clarify - I have only heard these experssions from TV or from people who are originally from States. Never seen these expressions in books.
    – Mitten
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 13:52

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This is just one example of a tendency for going to to occur as gonna in speech, and it is not confined to American English. It’s a semi-modal verb and one of the devices that English has to express the future.

  • thanks Barrie. I know that "gonna" is shortened or simplified version of "going to", but my question was about "gonna have to" as a whole. For some reason I have only heard it from a AmE speakers and when I was watching American TV few years ago, so I decided it was American English. Just wanted to confirm if it is true or not.
    – Mitten
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 13:48
  • @Mitten. I can assure you that as a speaker of British English I'm quite capable of using it myself. Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 14:11

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