What grammar can you use to talk about the future in English?
There are four grammar patterns that you can use to talk about the future in English. Let’s take a look at each of these in this lesson.
Use Be Going To For the Future
We use be going to + verb when there is a set plan, an appointment, and so on. Keep in mind that in conversational English, going to is pronounced as gonna.
- Jenny is gonna see a musical tonight.
- A friend of mine is going to get married this weekend
- I am going to go to the beach this weekend.
Use The Present Progressive Tense For the Future
We use the present progressive tense when there is a set plan, an appointment, and so on. Remember, the structure of the present progressive is Be Verb + Verb-ING:
- Jenny is seeing a musical tonight.
- A friend of mine is getting married this weekend
- I am going to the beach this weekend.
Use Will For the Future
In general, we use will to make a prediction or guess, and / or when there is not a set plan:
- Maybe Jenny will have dinner after the show.
- Someday, I will find true love…
- I think I will move to Florida when I retire.
Use The Simple Present Tense For the Future
We use the simple present tense for the future when we talk about schedules, timetables, and future events that have a fixed starting or ending time:
- The musical starts at 8:15pm.
- The hotel told me that check-in begins at 2:00
- Work starts at 9am every morning.
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