In analogy with "plan on [gerund]", do the gerund constructions above have any currency in AE, or are these chiefly dialectal and might sound folksy to most ears?


We decided on taking our next vacation to France.

We decided to take our next vacation to France.


We're intending on visiting Italy on our next vacation.

We're intending to visit Italy on our next vacation.

  • The 'decide on V-ing' / 'decide to V' question has been answered here. 'Intending on' sounds unnatural to my (British, admittedly) ears, and seems very rare in US literature; Collins Cobuild does not acknowledge the usage. Though there are quite a few Google hits. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 7 '14 at 17:02
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    U.S. English speaker here. I think that "We're intending on visiting Italy on our next vacation" sounds folksy in a bad way. I would be somewhat happier with "We're intending a visit to Italy for our next vacation" if you dislike the straightforward "We're intending to visit..." for some reason; but to me "We're intending to visit..." sounds significantly better than either alternative. I suspect that the tripwire here is that "planning on" is itself idiomatic in a way that doesn't permit a straight substitution of "intending" for "planning" without producing awkward results. – Sven Yargs Mar 18 '14 at 1:36

Australian British English speaker here. I use both in different contexts, nuance tends to alter the meaning of 'intending'.

For example:

"I'm intending on finding a job soon" - intending/relying.

"I'm intending to be there on time" - intending/expecting.

(Not claiming this to be grammatically correct though!)

  • Which do you speak, Australian or British? – tchrist Mar 30 '14 at 7:39

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