Using future forms
There are many ways of talking about the future in
English. Which way you choose depends on how you see the future. Is the
future event planned or unplanned, a schedule, or a prediction?
You can use both and
to make predictions.
For example, "I think the Labour party lose the next election." Or "I think the Labour party
lose the next
If you can make a prediction based on what you see now, we use
For example, "You're driving too fast, you hit the car in front!"
Future plans and
If something has already been planned, use
with the verb, or the
"I take my exams next
"He a client on
When we decide to do something at the moment of speaking, we use
"The phone's ringing - I
(You only answer the phone when it starts ringing.)
When we want to talk about a schedule, we use the
"The plane in half an hour
- we'd better hurry."
"Next week I to Italy, then
on Tuesday, I in Spain."
Events in progress
at a time in the future
To talk about something that will be in progress at a time in the
future, use .
"For example, "This time next week, I on a plane."
We can also use this form to make polite requests.
" the car
(If you won't, can I use it?)
Events that will be
completed by a time in the future
If you want to say that something will be completed by a time in the
future, use .
" the report by
Many learners of English overuse
and . Try using all the
different future forms so that you become more confident.
Using the imperative form