Need to organise something? In this unit, you can practise common phrases used to make plans by email.

Making arrangements

Think about these points when the purpose of your email is to make an arrangement.

Useful questions

Here are some typical questions used for making arrangements:

  • Are you free next Tuesday afternoon?
  • What time would you like to meet?
  • When would be convenient for you?
  • Could you please let me know?

Expressions of time

Use on with days: Could we meet on Monday?

Use in with months, years and other expressions: I'm going to visit my grandparents in October.

Use at with times and other expressions: Could you please call me at 3pm?

Use next to refer to future times: I hope we can meet again next week.

Use when to start a future time clause: Let's meet again when it is convenient.

Tenses

To speak about a timetable, use the present simple: Next term runs from 1 September until 16 December.

To speak about a future arrangement, use the present continuous: Mr Toshiko is coming to our next meeting.

To speak about a plan, use 'be going to': Next term we are going to learn about pollution.

See the talking about the future page for more practice.

Tenses in complex sentences about the future

Use the present simple after when, if and next time in future time clauses:

  • I will call you when I get to the station.
  • I'm going to work with my dad when I finish school.
  • Let's go for a walk if the weather is good.
  • Will you visit the Eiffel Tower next time you are in Paris?
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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Good exercice

I like it

Awesome!

Dear Peter,
Actually I cann't find the differences between options b) and c) in the question 6 of task 6. Could you please teach me it? I look forward to receiving your reply. Thanks.
Best wishes,
uncle choi

Hello uncle choi
The second option is 'conveniant' and the third option is 'convenient'. The different between them is the spelling of the word ending: 'ant' vs 'ent'. In this case, the third option is the correct one.
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello Peter
I saw the pdf file to watch task. l found what is wrong. The options b and c of question 6, task 6 in the pdf file are not different, same. ^^
Best wishes.
uncle choi

Dear uncle choi
I'm sorry for the confusion! I've just fixed the PDF. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about this.
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot!, the excercises are very useful and the support pack too!.

In the Task 6) 6. there are two options repeated: b) and c), both have the word "convenient" and the sentence of the task said that only 1 of each could be correct. :)

Hello jmajo,

If you look at the three options carefully, you'll see that they are not the same. Only one of them is spelt correctly.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks!

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