In English there is not a proper future tense. When we want to refer to a future situation we can use a variety of ways. The way we use will depend on what we want to express.
Look at the sentences below. Can you say what they have in common?
- You won’t pass your exams if you don’t start working harder.
- Will it snow for Christmas?
- Lunch break today will be 10 minutes longer than usual.
- In the new year I’m going to stop eating so much junk.
- Are you going to play basketball after school?
- I’m not going to watch TV until my science project is finished.
- Sorry, I can’t stay after school today; I‘m playing tennis with Jun-Sik.
- Are you playing football with you friends on Sunday morning?
- I‘m not returning home for the holidays.
- When does the next lesson begin?
- There’s no need to hurry. The train doesn’t leave for another 30 minutes.
- She has an appointment with the principal after school today.
Could you say why do we use all these different ways to talk about the future?
Well, to help you a bit we use all these different ways to express the following:
Predictions & Statements of Fact:
Other future forms
Future Continuous: action in progress at a specified time in the future
- At this time next week I will be sitting in the plane on the way to New York.
- Don’t call me after 10 o’clock. I‘ll be sleeping.
Future Perfect: action completed before a certain time in the future
- You can come at 6 o’clock. I will have done my homework by then.
- I hope my mother will have finished cooking dinner by the time I get home.
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