CLAIRE IS TALKING TO SARAH OUTSIDE THE TRAVEL AGENT'S.
I'm going to New York next week. I'm about to pick up my ticket. I'm going to do some shopping on Fifth Avenue. I need some new clothes, and I'll be buying some Christmas presents, too. I'm only there for two days, so if II be a big rush.
There are many different ways of talking about the future in English. Often more than one form is possible.
I'll be buying some Christmas presents, too.
I'm going to buy some Christmas presents, too.
B Talking about the future
How we express future time depends on how we see a future event. Here are some ways of talking about what we think will happen
in the future.
Something that will be over in the future The sales will have finished by Saturday.
Intentions and plans
We often want to talk about our decisions and intentions and what we plan to do in the future.
The neutral future A prediction
A prediction based on the present A less certain prediction
The very near future
A future action over a period
An instant decision (deciding now)
An intention (something already decided) A less certain decision or intention
A past intention
In the course of events
An official arrangement
The sun will rise at 5.45 am tomorrow.
Claire's trip will be a big rush.
Claire's trip is going to be a big rush.
I'm going to be sick!
I think it'll be cold in New York.
It's probably going to be cold in New York.
Claire is about to pick up her ticket.
Claire will be shopping non-stop for two days.
It's a lovely coat. It fits perfectly.
Yes, I'll buy it.
I'm going to do some shopping.
I think I'll buy this hat, too.
I might go to a show.
I was going to buy a guidebook, but I forgot.
I'm flying to New York next week.
I'll be buying some presents, too.
The President is to address the nation tonight.
I'm in New York for two days next week.
1 Will, will be doing and will have done (B)
Complete the live news report. Put in will and the simple, continuous or perfect form of the verb.
The Quiz Marathon (►) will begin (begin) in five minutes. (1) (it / be) a big test
for the World Quiz Champion, Claude Jennings, (2) . (who / answer) questions
from a group of quiz writers. Claude (3).............................. . ... (answer) their questions for a very long
time. In fact, (4) .. (he / still / give) answers when the rest of us are in bed
tonight. Claude hopes that after 24 hours (5).............. .. (he / reply) to about seventeen
thousand questions. No meal breaks are planned, so (6) .. (he / not / eat) anything.
If all goes well, his name (7)......................................... (be) in the next Guinness Book of Records. Claude
has also got a number of sponsors, and by tomorrow (8) ......................................... (he / earn) at least
£10,000 for charity. Well, (9) . (we / return) this afternoon for news of how Claude
is getting on. We think that by then (10) . (he / get) some way past the five
2 The future (B-C)
What do these people say? Pay special attention to the underlined words. ► Tom is predicting a win for United in their next game. Tom: United will win their next game.