The near future in the past
Je vais rester à Paris pendant trois ou quatre ans. I’m going to stay in Paris for three or four years.
Marcel n’avait pas compris que nous allions rentrer à pied. Marcel didn’t understand that we were going to walk back.
être → vous alliez être you were going to be
se marier → ils allaient se marier they were going to marry
It’s common to replace the futur proche dans le passé with a verb in the conditional.
Victor said he was going to phone the next day → Victor said he would phone the next day.
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