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'ir' vs 'a ir'

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I understand ir is the infinitive of va. However what I don't get is why it sometimes has 'a' before it and sometimes not.

Quiero ir a casa - I want to go home 

Tengo que ir a casa - I have to go home

Voy a ir a casa - I'm going to go home. 

This last one seems like it's saying "I'm going to to go home" to me. Voy = I'm going, a = to, ir = to go... 

Can someone please explain this to me? 



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