This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.
Grammar Challenge
 

------------------------------------------------

 
- Practice quiz 1

------------------------------------------------

 
- Practice quiz 2

------------------------------------------------

 
- Use the grammar
Grammar challenger Sung Hyeon from South Korea

Future plans
Using 'going to' and the present continuous are two ways we can talk about our future plans and arrangements in English. In this programme we learn more about them and the differences between them.

Our challenger Sung Hyeon from South Korea has to describe her future plans when trying to find a space in her busy diary for a meeting with Callum.

Listen

Listen to the programme!


Find out more
Both the present continuous and 'going to' can be used to talk about future plans and arrangements even though they are present forms. This is because the future plan has already been made and exists in the present, it is not something which is decided at the moment of speaking.

Often there is very little difference between the two forms and you can use either, however we tend to use the present continuous for a fixed arrangements, such as appointments.

Present continuous
Subject to be verb + ing
I am
'm
babysitting tonight.
studying this weekend.
not doing anything next week.
seeing the dentist on Tuesday.
seeing friends at the weekend.
meeting at 12.00 with the bank manager.
S / he is
's
You
We
They
are
're

For intentions and decisions we'd normally use 'going to'.

Going to
Subject to be going to base infinitive
I am
'm
going to watch a film tomorrow.
do the shopping later.
take the train.
start music lessons soon.
study really hard at the weekend.
S / he is
's
You
We
They
are
're



Download

Download Sung Hyeon's diary from the challenge (pdf - 17 K)

Download Nuala's grammar explanation and table (pdf - 28 K)

Download this programme (mp3 - 1.8 MB)
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Take the challenge
Now it's your turn to practise future plans. Go to our quiz page on this subject here.


Meet us Useful links Next episode

Nuala
Nuala and Callum

Flatmates - Future arrangements
Ask about English - Future forms
Regent London*

*The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites

Breaking news with the present perfect and explaining it with the past simple.

Homepage and archive
^^ Top of page Homepage and Archive >>Ask about EnglishLearn it