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How to talk about plans, arrangements, intentions, predictions and instant decisions.

How to talk about plans, arrangements, intentions, predictions and instant decisions.


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  • 1. Howtotalkaboutthefuture
    Plans,arrangements, predictions,promisesand instantdecisions.
    Illustrationby Alberto Cerriteño
  • 2. First of all...
    Notice there are a lot
    of different expressions in English
    to refer to the future
  • 3. Be goingto– somethingyouhavedecidedto do
    e.g. I’mgoingto be a doctor.
    PresentContinuous– somethingyouhavealreadyorganised and prepared
    e.g. I’mmeetingmyfriendstonight.
  • 4. Let’stalkaboutyourplans!
    What are yougoingto do foryournextvacation?
  • 5. Be goingto– there’sclearevidence
    e.g. I thinkit’sgoingto rain.
    Will– it’s a supposition
    e.g. Soonerorlater, cars runbypetrolwilldisappear.
  • 6. Let’smakefuturepredictions!
    Whatwillyourlife be like in 10 years?
    Whatwilltheweather be liketomorrow?
  • 7. Will– somethingyoupromiseto do.
    e.g. I willalwaysloveyou.
  • 8. Let’smake a promise!
    Theteacherwillgive extra pointsforcorrectsentences.
  • 9. Will– somethingyoudecide to do at themoment of speaking.
    e.g. I’mhungry. I’llgetsomethingtoeat.
  • 10. Let’smakea decision!
    Theelectricity has gone off!
    I’ll light up a candle.
  • 11. Isabel de la Cruz
    Images by iClipart