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Future forms 2


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

1. Which of these sentences are talking about the future?

a). When I see her, I’ll tell her you called.
b). As soon as I’ve finished this report, I’ll email it to you.
c). Bob’s plane leaves at 10.20pm.
d). Helen’s retiring next week.
e). Next year I’ll be working in our Peking office.
f).  By July, I’ll have been living in Hong Kong for 24 years.
g). By the end of the year, we’ll have recruited an additional 3,000 teachers.

2. For each of the sentences a). –  g). can you identify the name of the tense?

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Form, Use and Meaning

In Future Forms 1, we focused on will, going to and the present continuous. In this package we will review these structures and go on to look at some other ways of talking about the future.

This table presents the three future structures we have already covered plus the simple present tense which is also used to talk about the future.

Present simple

The present simple tense is used to talk about a future action or event set by a time table or schedule. Look at this example.

The plane leaves at 1.30 in the morning.

Although the action takes place in the future, it takes place regularly and is set by a time table.

Activity 1

Choose the correct future form in the sentences below.

Now type in the correct form of the verb in the space provided.

Exercise 2

Put the verbs into the correct form using either will, going to, simple present or present continuous.

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