What tenses do we use to talk about the future?

What tenses do we use to talk about the future?

When we know about the future, we normally use the present tense.

  • We use the present simple for something scheduled:
  • We can use the present continuous for plans or arrangements:
  • We use will be with an -ing form for something happening before and after a specific time in the future:

Which grammar do we use to talk about future arrangements?

present continuous tense
English speakers often use the present continuous tense (subject + ‘be’ = verb-ing) to talk about future arrangements. A future arrangement is a plan that you have decided and organised with another person. I’m spending Christmas and New Year with my Mum and Dad.

Do present Past future tense?

You/We/They will/shall do. You/We/They will/shall have done. Future Perfect Continuous Tense. He/She/It will/shall have been doing.

Can you talk about the future in English?

In English we can talk about the future using different tenses and auxiliaries. Many students think that we use WILL to form the future tense, but grammarians often say there is no “future tense”, only “ways of expressing future”.

Why is the future tense important in English?

When we speak, we choose the tense that we use. This is important in English, because the tense we choose expresses more than just a simple fact. When we speak about the future, the tense we choose can express how we “see” the future, even our personal feelings about the future.

Which is the best way to talk about the future?

One of the most common ways to talk about the future is with will, for example: I will call you tonight. We often call this the “future simple tense”, but technically there are no future tenses in English. In this construction, the word will is a modal auxiliary verb. Here are the three main ways that we use will to talk about the future.

When do we talk about the future we do not use will?

Most times we talk about the future we do not use WILL, and many of the times we use WILL we are not talking about the future. PLANS Plans are the kind of things we write in our agenda, how we are going to organize our future. When talking about plans, we use the Present Continuous.