Match the sentences and their replies below:
1. What are your predictions for 2004?
2. Are you seeing him again soon?
3. We need some more information before we make the decision.
4. Are you going to change jobs this year?
a. Good point. I’ll get the systems engineer to come in right away.
b. I think things’ll get better.
c. Possibly, but nothing arranged as yet.
d. With any luck I will!
Add the future tenses above to the table below
|Function||Which sentence above?||Name of tense||Structure|
|Arrangementse.g. in my diary|
|Plane.g. an ambition|
|Prediction, i.e. a future fact|
|Spontaneous intention, i.e. decided at the moment of speaking|
Are the correct tenses used in these sentences?
I think the war will start soon.
I’m going to study English more next year.
I’m flying to Hawaii on the first day of August.
Referring to the sentences above, say which of these are the general differences between the tenses
- If something is in the near future we use the present continuous, if it’s in the distant future we must use will- True/ False
- Going to is used for something that is more certain than will- True/ False
- We cannot decide which future tense to use by when the action is or how likely it is to happen-True/ False
- Two different people can use two different future tenses to talk about the same future event depending on whether for them it is a plan, arrangement etc.- True/ False
Business English Grammar Future Tenses Review
Answers to the grammar questions on Worksheet 1
Write the letters Pr, Pl or A next to the topics below depending on whether you have arrangements or plans, or can only make a prediction. (NB. There is rarely just one right answer; it depends entirely on your circumstances and opinions)
Your next visit to dentist Next weekend
The economic climate Living abroad
Your next holiday Next business meeting
Improving your English Promotion in your job
Your retirement Future education and training
Your next work-related social function After this course finishes
This time next year The year 2050
Future travel Your next conference call
The next time you speak English outside class
In pairs, swap sheets and ask each other questions about the topics above using the correct tenses
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