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Geoffrey King wrote:
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>> I wonder if these constructions with "going to" really are that new. I 
>> hazily recall that Icelandic has a similar construction with "fera ađ".
>>
>> Kjell R
> I'm sure you won't find it in Chaucer, probably not in Shakespare, and 
> I'd be surprised to find it in Dickens.
> 
dictionary.com says 1400s.