Let’s learn how to talk about future events in English.
HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE
There are three ways to talk about the Future Simple. They can sometimes be used interchangeably, but they have slightly different meanings that can sound really strange is used incorrectly.
1.) will + base form of a verb
2.) ‘to be’ + going to + base form of a verb
3.) the Present Continuous for future
WILL + VERB
1.) Predictions based on opinion
I think it will probably rain. I’ll bring my umbrella, just in case.
2.) Decisions that are made in the moment of speaking.
Oh, look at this pretty blouse. I think I’ll buy it.
3.) Facts are undeniably, always true.
The mall will be open at 9AM.
4.) Promises, requests, offers, and refusals
BE + GOING TO + VERB
1.) Predictions based on evidence
It is going to rain. Look at that huge, black cloud. I’m going to wear my rain boots.
2.) Decisions that are planned or have been considered.
I need new boots for work.
I’m going to buy them this afternoon.
PRESENT CONTINUOUS FOR FUTURE
1.) Plans that have been arranged.
My tailor is picking up my skirt to mend it tomorrow.
Jane and I are going shoe shopping next Saturday.