• Handout
  • Charlyj
  • 30.06.2020
  • Sonstige
  • Englisch
  • B2
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Future tenses


There are different tenses to express an action referring to the future.

The following table shows five different future tenses.

Simple future

Going to-future

Future continous

Future perfect

Future perfect continous

will + infinitive

to be (am, are, is) + going to + infinitive

will be + present participle

will have + past participle

will have been + present participle

I will watch

I am going to watch

I will be watching

I will have watched

I will have been watching

- refers to an event that will presumably happen sometime in the future
- can express spontaneuos decisions

- expresses a firmed plan or event in the future

- describes an unfinished action or event that will be in progress at a time later than now

- refers to a completed action in the future

- refers to an action that is unfinished at the moment but will be finished at some point in the future

Fill in the gaps. Use the tenses Simple future and Going to-future.

In the summer holidays Lisa is going to work (work) in a little Cafe, called La Perla, in Perugia in Italy. She is going to stay (stay) there for three weeks and has already booked an accommodation where she is going to live (live).
In her freetime she will lay (lay) at the beach and enjoy the warm weather and water. She will visit (visit) some friends in the nearby city. Maybe she will take (take) the train one day and meet her aunt at a shopping centre. Lisa is going to take (take) part in an art class at the museum of fine arts. Hopefully she will improve (improve) her italian knowledge.

Circle the right answer.

1. Please don´t disturb us today between 8:00 and 9:00 clock, we (will have , will be having) an important meeting.
2. Marcus (will leave , will have left) by next week.
3. By the end of the month, I (will have been studying , will be studying) Latin for three years.
4. Next time Jakob goes out he (will have been wearing , will be wearing) a suit.
5. I (will have worked , will have been working) in this shop for 15 years when I retire.

Simple Present

Sometimes we can also use the Simple Present to express something that is happening in the future.

E.g.: The train leaves at 9.45 o clock.