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  1. 1. FUTURE TENSES When we talk about the future we can 1. Speak about something pre-planned that we know will take place in the near future. In this case, we use the Present Continuous, especially if we are using a verb that implies “moving from one place to another” He is arriving tonight (I am certain) They are leaving next Sunday (I know, it has been planned) 2. Speak about our intentions or prior arrangements In this case we use “to be going to” Where are you going? I am going to wash the car (that’s my intention) Will you come to my party? Sorry, I am going to help Lola (prior arrangement) 3. Predict what may happen based on what we see In this case, we use “to be going to” Look at those clouds! I think it is going to rain... You drink too much. One of these days you are going to have a serious accident! 4. Promise, predict, expect, hope, think, fear that something will happen In this case, we use the Future simple He fears something awful will happen to us I promise I will see her tomorrow 5. State what we think will happen if certain conditions are met In this case we use the future simple If you smoke so much you will never be healthy If he studies he will pass the exam 6. Take a quick decision or make an unplanned offer In this case we use the future simple Rose: “We have no bread”. Martin: “Don’ t worry. I’ll get some” 7. Speak of something that will be in progression in the future In this case we use the future continuous At six o’clock tonight we’ll be flying over London Carmen Torres – http://torres-elcano.blogspot.com Página 1
  2. 2. FUTURE TENSES 8. Speak of something that will be finished at a given time in the future In this case we use the future perfect By seven, we will have landed Carmen Torres – http://torres-elcano.blogspot.com Página 2

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