Lesson

All Future Tenses Review

  • Simple prediction: (future simple)
    • There will be snow in many areas tomorrow.
    • I will probably go to school next week.
    • I bet they will change their minds.
  • Arrangements: (present continuous)
    • I‘m meeting Jim at the airport.
    • She’s going to the beach later with him.
    • We’re catching up sometime next week.
  • Plans and intentions: (present continuous – to be)
    • We‘re going to spend the summer abroad.
    • They’re going to paint the house.
    • He’s going to get a haircut.
  • Time-tabled events: (present simple)
    • The plane takes off at 3 am.
    • The bus arrives at 7pm.
    • The party starts after lunch.
  • Prediction based on present evidence: (present continuous – to be)
    • I think it‘s going to rain!
    • It looks like she’s going to be
    • I have a feeling they’re going to get angry about this.
  • Willingness: (future simple)
    • We‘ll give you a lift to the cinema.
    • He’ll come and help you, I’m sure.
    • Dad’ll pick you up
  • An action in progress in the future: (future continuous)
    • This time next week I‘ll be sun-bathing.
    • He’s going to be partying tomorrow night.
    • I bet they’ll be having the time of their lives in France next year.
  • An action or event that is a matter of routine: (future continuous)
    • You‘ll be seeing John in the office tomorrow, won’t you?
    • The nurse’ll be popping by once an hour to see the patient.
    • My neighbours’ll be coming over to feed the cats each day this week.
  • Obligation: (present simple – to be + infinitive)
    • You are to traveldirectly to London.
    • The student is to go to the principal’s office at 3pm.
    • I am to report to the office immediately.
  • An action or event that will take place immediately or very soon: (present simple – to be + about + infinitive)
    • The train is about to leave.
    • I’m about to get to work.
    • She’s about to learn the news.
  • Projecting ourselves into the future and looking back at a completed action: (future perfect)
    • A month from now he’ll have finishedall his exams.
    • In a week I’ll have graduated from university.
    • Tomorrow you’ll have found out all the news.

Future perfect continuous tense

  • Like the future perfect simple, this form is used to project ourselves forward in time and to look back. It refers to events or actions that are currently unfinished but will be finished at some future time. It is most often used with a time expression.
    • They will have been waiting here for three hours by six o’clock.
    • By 2001 I will have been living in London for sixteen years.
    • When we finish this course, we will have been learning English for twenty years.
    • Next year he will have been working here for four years.
    • When I come at 6:00, will you have been practicing long?