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

  • We use the present simple for something scheduled or arranged:

We have a lesson next Monday.
The train arrives at 6.30 in the morning.
The holidays start next week.
It is my birthday tomorrow.

  • We can use the present continuous for plans or arrangements:

I’m playing football tomorrow.
They are coming to see us tomorrow.
We’re having a party at Christmas.

2. We use will to talk about the future:

  • When we make predictions:

It will be a nice day tomorrow.
I think Brazil will win the World Cup.
I’m sure you will enjoy the film.

  • To mean want to or be willing to:

I hope you will come to my party.
George says he will help us.

  • To make offers and promises:

I'll see you tomorrow.
We'll send you an email.

  • To talk about offers and promises:

Tim will be at the meeting.
Mary will help with the cooking.

3. We use (be) going to:

  • To talk about plans and intentions:

I’m going to drive to work today.
They are going to move to Manchester.

  • When we can see that something is likely to happen:

Be careful! You are going to fall.
Look at those black clouds. I think it’s going to rain.


4. We often use verbs like would like, plan, want, mean, hope, expect to talk about the future:

What are you going to do next year? I’d like to go to University.
We plan to go to France for our holidays.
George wants to buy a new car.

5. We use modals may, might, and could when we are not sure about the future:

I might stay at home tonight, or I might go to the cinema.
We could see Mary at the meeting. She sometimes goes.

6. We can use should if we think something is likely to happen:

We should be home in time for tea.
The game should be over by eight o’clock.

7. Clauses with time words:

In clauses with time words like when, after, and until we often use a present tense form to talk about the future:

I’ll come home when I finish work.
You must wait here until your father comes.
They are coming after they have had dinner.

8. Clauses with if:

In clauses with if we often use a present tense form to talk about the future:

We won’t be able to go out if it rains.
If Barcelona win tomorrow they will be champions.

WARNING: We do not normally use will in clauses with if or with time words:

I’ll come home when I will finish work.
We won’t be able to go out if it will rain rains.

But we can use will if it means a promise or offer:

I will be very happy if you will come to my party.
We should finish the job early if George will help us.

9. We can use the future continuous instead of the present continuous or going to for emphasis when we are talking about plans, arrangements and intentions:

They’ll be coming to see us next week.
I will be driving to work tomorrow.

 

 

Exercise

Comments

Hi,

Could you please help me with "tomorrow was ...." . It is the extract from ''New Yorkers Short Stories''.
[...] ''Delia stopped crying and she washed her face. She
stood by the window, and looked out at a grey cat on a
grey wall in the grey road. Tomorrow was Christmas
Day, and she had only one dollar and eighty-seven
cents to buy Jim a Christmas present.''

Many thanks!

Hi Muszkatel,

If this text were non-fiction, an expression like "the next day" would most likely be used instead of "tomorrow" in this sentence. In fiction, however, writers use the language that they think will best convey the meaning they wish to express.

In this case, the use of "tomorrow" helps the reader relate more directly to Delia's experience by making the arrival of Christmas and the limited resources she has to buy Jim a present seem more imminent.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

This is a story written in the past tense. Usually when 'tomorrow' is reported in a past context, we would say 'the next day'. This has more impact and is a stylistic choice in my opinion.

is it correct to say : "you are having your math quiz next Tuesday"

Hello zagrus,

That is certainly a possible sentence, provided it is used in an appropriate context. It would be an example of the present continuous form used for arranged futures, such as when a teacher has set a quiz for the class. However, in other contexts other future forms can be used.

I hope that answers your question.

Best wishes,

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
Which one is correct and why?
" you will have your quiz next Sunday" or " you are going to have your quiz next Sunday"

Hello zagrus,

Both of these sentences are possible; which is correct in a given context will depend on that context. The first (with 'will') suggests that the speaker has just decided when the quiz is to take place, while the second (with 'going to') suggests that the quiz has been planned for next Sunday for some time.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

hello teacher.. 
can you explain me the meaning of "clause". 
thank you previously. 

Hello Lanapon,

A clause is one of the units in grammar.  There are several kinds of clause but all of them contain a subject and a verb (unless the verb is in a form which does not need a subject, such as the imperative).

 

You can find information about clauses, sentences and phrases here.

You can find information about clause structure here.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
Learning English Team
Could you please explain me the use of 'will' in these examples

  1. To mean want to or be willing to. (what does it mean i don't understand its meaning an use)

examples: I hope you will come to my party. 
George says he will help us.
2. Also explain me the difference between these two uses of 'will' with examples

  • To make offers and promises:
  • To talk about offers and promises:

Thanks

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