110 – Using Simple Present & Present Progressive For the Future

They're having a wedding next week.

They’re having a wedding next week.

You can use simple present tense & present progressive tense to talk about the future. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how this grammar is used in English conversation and writing.

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Here are the example sentences:

Often, sentences about the future use will + verb or be going to + verb.

  • I will go to Paris next week.
  • I am going to begin college in September.

Using the simple present tense:

  • The wedding reception starts at 9:00pm.
  • The hotel told me that check-in begins at 2:00pm.
  • What time do you finish work tonight?

Using the present progressive tense:

  • My cousin Sam is getting married soon.
  • She is having a black and white theme for her wedding.
  • I am going to wear a tuxedo to the wedding.
  • Jen and Chris are going to the movies tonight.
  • I heard Matt is meeting Katie after work tonight.
  • I’m taking a nap this afternoon.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Jenny suggested that Jack call Jeff.
Today’s listening challenge:
  • Why is Jenny taking off tomorrow and what is she wearing?

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English Lesson & Quiz: Present & Present Progressive for the Future

The flight departs at 7:00

My cousin Sam is getting married soon. Everyone in my family is looking forward to the wedding. She is having a black and white theme for her wedding, so I’m going to wear a tuxedo. The wedding reception starts at 9:00pm, so I booked a hotel room for the night. The hotel told me that check-in begins at 2:00, so I’m going to check in before the wedding.

We can use the present tense and present progressive tense to talk about the future. Do you know how to use these tenses? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check your understanding with the quiz at the end of the lesson.

Rule #1: We use the present progressive tense for the future when we talk about something we have already made plans or arrangement to do. Remember, the structure of the present progressive is Be Verb + Verb-ING:

  • My cousin Sam is getting married soon.
  • She is having a black and white theme for her wedding.
  • I am going to wear a tuxedo to the wedding.

Rule #2: We also use the simple present tense for the future when we talk about schedules, timetables, and future events that have a fixed starting or ending time:

  • The wedding reception starts at 9:00pm.
  • The hotel told me that check-in begins at 2:00
  • The flight to Boston departs at noon.

Rule #3 We can also use the simple present tense for fixed plans and arrangements, generally when we talk about work, school, and other habitual events that have a fixed schedule:

  • What time do you finish work tonight?
  • When does your new aerobics class start?
  • The new coffee shop in town opens tomorrow.

Rule #4: But, we usually use present progressive for personal plans and arrangements made for pleasure:

  • Jen and Chris are going to the movies tonight.
  • I heard Matt is meeting Katie after work tonight.
  • I’m taking a nap this afternoon.

How did you do? Now, check your understanding with this quiz:

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English Lesson: Using Will for Promises & Decisions

She said, “I will love you forever.” When he heard her words he said, “I will be by your side until the end of time.” I’ll tell you something. Such language from romantic movies always sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Today let’s look at two ways to use will. One way is for promises and the other is when we decide to do something at the time of speaking. Do you know how to use will in these ways? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:

We use will when we make a serious promise to someone, like this:

  • I will love you forever.
  • I will be by your side until the end of time.
  • I will work hard on this project until its successful finish.

We also use will when we decide something at the same moment we are speaking.

  • When the phone rings in the office, and you decide at that moment to answer the phone, you can say, “I’ll get it.”
  • When you hear someone ring the doorbell, and you decide at that moment to open the door, you can say, “I’ll answer the door.”
  • When the teacher asks the class, “Who wants to give their speech first?” you can say, “I’ll go first.”

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