Ir a + infinitive

1 This periphrasis is mainly used in present indicative and shows that:

  • Something is on the point of occurring.

¡Te vas a caer, cuidado!

Deja ese martillo tranquilo que te vas a hacer daño.

  • Something is someone’s intention.

Voy a llamar al jefe.

Vamos a solucionar el problema del paro.

2 In imperfect indicative, this periphrasis is used in the speech of the past with the former values.

Le dije que nos íbamos a caer.

Le dije que iba a llamar al jefe.