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VERBS USED IN THE FUTURE

WILL

PRESENT CONTINUOUS ( for PEOPLE)


Future arrangements Planned actions
Im not working in London next week.
John is leaving on the midnight train.
We are flying to New York tomorrow
morning.
When are you coming to visit us?
What are you doing at the weekend ?
Im meeting Mary at 6 oclock.
They arent playing tennis this afternoon.

Asking people to do something

Promises

TO BE GOING TO
Peoples intentions

Im going to watch TV.


Im going to visit Italy sooner or later.
Is she going to marry him? Yes, she is.

Predictions based on the present

Look at those
clouds!
going
rain.
am/is/are
+ going
to + Its
base
form to
verb
The alarm clock didnt go off. Im going
to be late.
The sun is shining. Its going to be a

avoid confusion with the present tense.

I like the dress in the shop


window. Ill buy it.

Predictions
It will rain in London,
tomorrow morning.

Inevitable

Timetables and fixed future events


What time does the train leave?
It leaves at 10.15 a.m.
When does school start?
It doesnt start until September.
Are the shops open tomorrow?
Verb
in They
the simple
Yes.
open present
at 9.00form
and+close at
adverb
of
future
time
when
necessary
to
8.00 p.m.

I will marry John. (even


though my parents dont
want me to)

Snap decisions

I promise I wont go
without you.

Resolutions

SIMPLE PRESENT - (for THINGS)

Will you help me to wash


the car?

Harry is 26. He will be 27


next year in August.

Volunteering to do something

Will +hasnt
base form
of verb
Mary
arrived
yet so
Ill
cook
dinner.
Negative: wont + base form of
verb

In sentences with verbs of opinion


I think it will rain.
I dont believe he will