Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Expressing the Future

Expressing the Future

Date: May 20 2011

Topic: Grammar

Author: albasel1975


1. Using The Present Simple Tense to Express Future:

1. In sentences that concern events that are on a definite schedule or timetable. These sentences usually contain future words. Only a few verbs are used in this way, eg: to be, open, close, begin, start, end, finish, arrive, come, leave, return.

The train LEAVES Skwierzyna at 9pm tonight.

Joanna STARTS work next week.

Tomorrow IS Thursday.


2. Using  " Be going to " to express Future :

1. When the speaker is making a prediction based on evidence.

There’s a cloud in the sky. It’S GOING TO rain.

2. When the speaker already has an intention or plan.

We’RE GOING TO paint our bedroom tomorrow.

Szymon has won the lottery. He says he’S GOING TO go to buy a house in Skwiezyna.


3. Using the Present Continuous Tense to Epress future :

1. In sentences that concern a definite plan or arrangement. These sentences usually contain future words, or the future is understood from the context.

Marek IS TAKING his CAE exam next year.

They can’t play tennis with you tomorrow. They’RE WORKING.

We’RE GOING to the cinema on Friday


4. Using " Will " to Express Future :

1. When the speaker is making a prediction.

Tomorrow WILL BE hot and sunny.

People WILL GO to Mars in the next decade.

2. When the speaker decides to do something at the time of speaking. He had no previous plan. Spontaneous.

Hold on. I’LL GET a pencil.

We WILL SEE what we can do to help you.

Maybe we’LL STAY IN and WATCH television.



Likes (0):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast