Requests and future forms

New Headway Upper Intermediate 4th Edition Units 4 and 5

Practise making polite requests from the prompts below and replying positively and negatively.

  • give me a lift to the station tomorrow morning
  • pass a message onto John (from me)

Fill the responses below to the first request above with the right verb forms to talk about the future. Each can be filled with a different future form.

Positive answer

Okay. That’s no problem. I _________________________ (go) to the station tomorrow anyway. My train _____________________________________ (leave) at eight, so I ____________________________________ (pick you up) from your house at seven.

Negative answer

I’m afraid I can’t. I _______________________ (take) my wife to the airport at that time.

Fill the responses below to the second request above with the right verb forms to talk about the future. Each can be filled with a different future form.

Positive answer

Okay. Will do. I _________________________________________________________ (meet him) tomorrow at nine forty five, so I’ll give him your message then.

Negative answers

I ______________________ (probably not see) him tomorrow, so it’s best to phone him.

I __________________________________________ (phone in sick) tomorrow, so you ____________________________________ (see him) yourself by the time I go in next.

Find at least one place above for each of these forms.

  • Present Simple (= v or v+s)
  • am/ is/ are + v+ing
  • going to
  • will
  • will be + v+ing
  • will have + PP

Match the forms and/ or examples above to these meanings:

  • arrangements (= fixed with someone else)
  • plans (= decided before speaking)
  • spontaneous intentions (= deciding to do something as you are speaking)
  • predictions (= your imagination of things that you can’t change)
  • scheduled regular events
  • point in time
  • comparing two different times

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