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Before we look at these areas in detail, think about these questions.

1. Read these three sentences and for each one, answer the questions that follow.

a). I’ll have a party on Saturday.
b). I’m going to have a party on Saturday.
c). I’m having a party on Saturday.

  • When is the party?
  • When is the speaker talking?
  • When did the speaker make the decision to have a party?
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Form, Use and Meaning

In this package we will look at how to talk or write about the future using will, going to and the present continuous tense (eg. I am meeting my friend this evening). You will revise how to form these tenses and when to use them.

Form of will Future

Use of will Future

  • a spontaneous decision
    example: (the phone rings) Okay, I’ll get it.
  • an opinion, hope, uncertainty or assumption regarding the future
    example: He will probably come back tomorrow.
  • a promise
    example: Don’t worry. I will always be there for you.
  • an action in the future that cannot be influenced
    example: The democrats will win with an increased majority.
  • conditional clauses type I
    example: If there’s a delay, I will let you know.

Signal Words

  • in a year, next …, tomorrow
  • I think, probably, perhaps

Activity 1

Complete the following passage by typing in the correct future form.

1. Kelvin asked a fortune-teller about his future. Here is what she told him:

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