7. Expressing the future.

7. Expressing the future.

Tim and Katie's plans for the summer.

Main practice:    expressing the future using the Present Continuous, Present Simple
Revision:             How about….?  -  had better

Present Continuous used to express a planned, arranged future event, i.e.
  • I'm having dinner with Catherine on Saturday night.
  • She's travelling to India the day after tomorrow.
Present Simple - used to expressed future event that is part of a timetable or
                                  fixed schedule, i.e.
  • Our train leaves at ten o'clock.
  • The cafe opens in the summer. 

had better  
 -   to give advice; this is a good idea, i.e.
  • I'd better do some study, I've got an exam tomorrow.
  • If your leg still hurts tomorrow, you'd better see a doctor.

a cottage   -  a small, often very old house; usally in the countryside

(to) fancy   -  (Informal) to want, would like to. Followed by + ing  -  noun, i.e.
  • I fancy seeing a movie tonight. Shall we go to the cinema?
- What would you like to do for your birthday?
- Well, I fancy a weekend in Paris, what do you think?

How about...?  to make a suggestion. Followed by  +  ing  -  noun  i.e.
  • How about going to London next weekend?
  • How about pizza for dinner tonight?

to rent   -  to pay for the use of something for a limited time, i.e.
  • We rented a car for our holiday.
  • He's renting a flat in London. 
Tim and his sister, Katie, discuss their plans for the summer.

Complete the sentences. 

Tim:   What are you for the summer?

Katie: Well, at Max's coffee bar for a month, then me and Emily are  
              to Paris for a week. After that, I'm not sure. How about you?

Tim:    Firstly,   Dad decorate the house. *It'll be hard
             work, the house hasn't been decorated for about fifteen years.

Katie: Is Dad you?

Tim:    Fifteen pounds a day.

Katie: Not bad. How long's the decorating to take?

Tim:    Dad thinks two weeks.

Katie: OK, what're you then?

Tim:    Well, Jane's parents a cottage in France so Jane
              and I are  there for two weeks.

Katie: That sounds great.

Tim:    Listen: what're you now, do you fancy coming into town?

Katie: Well, I had a late night, so I think *I'll have a sleep.

Tim:   All right, well, I'd better go, the bus for town in fifteen minutes.


Use the Present Continuous to make a correct sentence about a planned future or
Present Simple about an event on a timetable.

1.   We're swimming later, would you like to come?   (go)

2.   Tomorrow I'm tennis with Dave. (play) 

3.   She's her exams next month. (take)

5.   *He university in September.

6.   Our flight at seven o'clock. (take off)

7.   We're soon, the train at twelve-thirty.  (leave)  (go)

8.   I'm shopping this morning then I'm the children 
      this afternoon. (go)  (look after) 

9.   I'm a party next week, would you like to come? (have)

10. The class at nine so I'm the eight o'clock bus. (start) (catch)

*He's starting   is possible, too.