1. was/were going to
e.g. I was going to go shopping, but I got a phone call which lasted nearly an hour, and by the time the call ended the shops were all shut.
2. was/were all set to
e.g. I was all set to go on holiday, but then my car broke down, and I had to spend the money on repairs instead.
3. would have
e.g. I would have called you yesterday but my phone wasn’t working.
4. had every intention of
e.g. I had every intention of returning the book to the library last week, but I have a friend staying, and she’s been reading it.
5. had it all arranged to
e.g. I had it all arranged to give my friend a surprise party, but then she found out about my plan, and said she didn’t want one!
6. if only
e.g. If only I’d listened to your advice, then I wouldn’t have invested with that bank. At it is, I’ve lost a lot of money.
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