Session 4

When we think of the future, if we're thinking grammatically, we think of will. However, the future can be different depending on what we're talking about. Will is not the only future, as Tim explores in this video.

ክፍለ-ስራሓት ናይዚ ምዕራፍ

ድምር ነጥቢ ናይዚ ክፍለ-ስራሓት 4

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Stop Saying!

Different futures

It's very likely that you know will. It's the word we use to talk about the future in English, right? Well, yes and no. It certainly is one way of referring to the future, but it's not the only way. In this video Tim is off on a trip to meet his girlfriend.  A journey that he uses to highlight different ways of talking about the future.

ነቲ ቪድዮ ብምዕዛብ ነቲ ስራሕ ዕመምዎ

Summary

When a future event is planned or arranged, use the present continuous or be going to:

  • I'm meeting her tonight.
  • I'm going to meet her tonight.

When a future event is timetabled or arranged as part of a regular and repeating schedule, use the present simple:

  • My plane leaves at 6.00.
  • The exam is on Thursday at 9.00 sharp. So don't be late!

When a future action can be predicted because of evidence in the present, use be going to:

  • Look at the sky! It's going to rain.
  • They're too close, they're going to crash.

When a future action is an intention, decided at the moment of speaking, use will:

  • My computer's died. How are we going to finish the project?
    Don't worry, I'll pop home and get my laptop.
  • It's time for tea: can one of you call your father in from the garden?
    OK mum, I'll do it.

To do

Try the quiz and see if you can choose the correct future forms.

Future Quiz

5 Questions

For each question choose the best option to complete the sentence.

ኣገናዕ፡ ፈተናኹም ዛዚምኩም
Excellent! Great job! ሕማቕ ዕድል! ዘመዝገብኩምዎ ነጥቢ ...:
x / y

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Many thanks to the staff and students of St. George's School of English for their help with this video.

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  • Talking about the future

    When a future event is planned or arranged, use the present continuous or be going to:

    • I'm meeting her tonight.
    • I'm going to meet her tonight.

    When a future event is timetabled or arranged as part of a regular and repeating schedule, use the present simple:

    • My plane leaves at 6.00.
    • The exam is on Thursday at 9.00 sharp. So don't be late!

    When a future action can be predicted because of evidence in the present, use be going to:

    • Look at the sky! It's going to rain.
    • They're too close, they're going to crash.

    When a future action is an intention, decided at the moment of speaking, use will:

    • My computer's died. How are we going to finish the project?
      Don't worry, I'll pop home and get my laptop.
    • It's time for tea,  can one of you call your father in from the garden?
      OK mum, I'll do it.