English Lesson: Habitual Actions & The Future

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When you want to talk about specific actions or activities in the future, you can use after + the simple present verb in the future clause and be going to + verb to describe the activity. We use this grammar to talk about activities that have been planned at a certain point in time in the future.

  • After I get home from work, I am going to make dinner.

In this example, the certain point in time is [After I get home from work] and the planned activity is [am going to make dinner].

Here are some more examples:

  • After Joe finishes lunch, he is going to start working on the report.
  • After we leave the meeting, we are going to return to the office.
  • After I watch this TV program, I’m going to take a shower.
  • After Jane sees Jack, she is going to give him his birthday present.

You also use after when you talk about habitual actions. You can use after + the simple present verb in the time clause and the simple present verb to describe the activity. We use this grammar to talk about habitual activities that generally happen at a certain point in time.

  • After I get home from work, I make dinner.

In this example, the certain point in time is [After I get home from work] and the habitual activity is [make dinner].

Here are some more examples:

  • After Joe finishes lunch, he works on the daily report.
  • After we leave the house, we walk to the subway station.
  • After I watch TV at night, I take a shower.

What do you usually do when you get home from school or work?



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