Grammar Video|Pre-Int|23. Present Continuous for Future


Present continuous for future arrangements

Using the present continuous to talk about the future

The present continuous is used to talk about arrangements for events at a time later than now. There is a suggestion that more than one person is aware of the event, and that some preparation has already happened.

e.g.

I’m meeting Jim at the airport = Jim and I have discussed this.

I am leaving tomorrow. = I’ve already bought my train ticket.

We’re having a staff meeting next Monday = all members of staff have been told about it.

Examples

Is she seeing him tomorrow?

He isn’t working next week.

They aren’t leaving until the end of next year.

We are staying with friends when we get to Boston.

Note: In the first example, «seeing» is used in a continuous form because it means «meeting».

Notice the difference between:

a. We’re having a staff meeting next Monday = just that once

b. We have a staff meeting every Monday

Choose the most appropriate future forms to complete the dialogues below. Choose future simple or present continuous where possible


Choose the most appropriate future forms for the sentences below

Fill in the gaps with the most appropriate future forms: present continuous, will or be going to

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  2. 2. Grammar video|Pre-Int|2. Modal Verbs (Have to, Don't have to, Must, Mustn't)
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  4. 4. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|4. Questions With and Without Auxiliaries
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  18. 18. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|18. Present Continuous
  19. 19. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|19. Past Continuous
  20. 20. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|20. Present Perfect
  21. 21. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|21. Be going to
  22. 22. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|22. Will
  23. 23. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|23. Present Continuous for Future
  24. 24. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|24. Quantifiers
  25. 25. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|25. Something, anything, nothing, etc.
  26. 26. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|26. Comparatives
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  28. 28. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|28. First Conditional
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