verbs for talking about the future

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Talking about the future:

Talking about the future Know the three main verb forms for talking about the future and when to use them.

How do you talk about the future in your language?:

How do you talk about the future in your language? Do you change the verb? How does the listener know you are speaking about the future?

Three main ways of talking about the future in English:

Three main ways of talking about the future in English (be) going to plans and intentions made before the time of speaking. Also making predictions when you can already see something happening. We aren’t going to use the new boat for races. Look at those clouds! I think it’ s going to rain. Present continuous – is/am/are + verb (ing) Arrangements for the future They’ re starting in four weeks. Don’t forget! We’ re meeting at the cinema at six. will/won’t Making predictions, offers and promises. Also for decisions made at the time of speaking I’m sure that it will rain today! Okay, fine! I’ ll finish the PowerPoint tonight and I’ ll send it to you.

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2050 – electric cars Exchange wrestling lessons for guitar lessons Become a pilot Dentist appointment at 4:30 prediction Offer or a promise Decision made before speaking arrangement Predict the home team as the winner Predict the future when you can see something starting to happen I’m sure that by 2050 most people will have electric cars. I have to leave now, because I’ m seeing the dentist at 4:30. Mom, guess what! I’ve decided that I’ m going to be a pilot. The home team surely is going to win. I’ ll teach you how to wrestle, if you teach me how to play guitar.

You try:

You try When do you use (be) + going to ? (2 situations) Decisions and intentions made before the time of speaking Making predictions when you can see something happening already. When do you use present continuous ? (1 situation) arrangements When do you use will/won’t ? (2 situations) Making predictions Offers or promises Can you make a sentence for each situation? Write them in your exercise book and show your teacher.

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