The Future Talking about plans, programmes and predictions The future – present continuous The present continuous (be + verb + -ing) is used to speak about personal arrangements and fixed plans. Examples: He’s meeting the accountants next Monday. Peter is coming to see me tomorrow. I’m playing tennis at 1 o’clock. She’s flying to Frankfurt on 4th November. What are you doing tonight? Note that the time, date and/or place is usually given to indicate that you are talking about the future The future – ‘to be going to’ The form ‘be going to’ is used to talk about Fixed plans – something you have already decided to do Intentions : Predictions Examples : I’m going to get a new car soon. I’m going to have my own business It’s going to rain tomorrow. ‘Be going to’ is common when we predict the future based on present evidence i.e. when we can see a future event is imminent or starting to happen The future using ‘will / won’t’ The modal verb ‘will’ (negative – won’t) is used for: Promises : I’ll pay you back tomorrow. I won’t tell anybody Predictions: You’ll love Paris. He won’t pass the exam if he doesn’t work. Use of ‘will’ for immediate actions The modal verb ‘will’ is commonly used to say what you intend to do immediately Examples: There’s someone at the door – I’ll answer it. (In a restaurant) I’ll have the steak – well done please. I’m not sure if Mr Brown is in – I’ll check for you. The future – using the present tense The present tense can be used to talk about the future when referring to timetables, schedules and/or fixed routines Examples: The train leaves at 11.00am The lesson starts at 4 o’clock I have classes next Saturday. What time does the concert start?