Unit 24: The future
Seven ways of talking about the future
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- 1 Go beyond intermediate with our new video course
- 2 Reported speech in 90 seconds!
- 3 If or whether?
- 4 5 ways to use 'would'
- 5 Let and allow
- 6 Passive voice
- 7 Unless
- 8 Mixed conditionals
- 9 The zero article - in 90 seconds
- 10 The indefinite article - in 90 seconds
- 11 The. That's right - the! Learn all about it in 90 seconds
- 12 The continuous passive
- 13 Future perfect
- 14 Need + verb-ing
- 15 Have something done
- 16 Wish
- 17 Word stress
- 18 Different ways of saying 'if'
- 19 Passive reporting structures
- 20 The subjunctive
- 21 When and if
- 22 Inversion
- 23 Phrasal verbs
- 24 The future
- 25 Modals in the past
- 26 Narrative tenses
- 27 Phrasal verb myths
- 28 Conditionals review
- 29 Used to - review
- 30 Linking words of contrast
OK, I'll be there.
Used for: decisions made at the moment of speaking, promises, voluntary offers, predictions
2. Present continuous
I'm meeting her tonight.
Used for: arrangements
3. Be going to
We're going to have a coffee together.
It's going to be a beautiful evening!
Used for: plans, predictions based on present, physical evidence
4. Future continuous
So, in an hour's time we'll be drinking coffee together!
Used for: activities which are in progress at a future time
5. Future perfect
By 5pm we'll have finished our drink.
Used for: actions completed before a specific future time.
6. Present simple
I'd better hurry, my bus leaves in 5 minutes.
Used for: timetabled future events
7. Be + to + infinitive
London buses are to strike this afternoon.
We can also use this structure without be: just to + infinitive:
London buses to strike this afternoon.
Used for: formal way of talking about the future on news headlines