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The Future Tense Part 2
The present continuous is used to describe arrangements for events in the future which have been planned for with someone else. The usage of this form usually includes the day or time of the occurrence.
She is having dinner with her family this Saturday.
This weekend, everyone is going to the beach for a party.
We are all meeting together this summer for a family reunion.
Tom is attending the University of British Columbia in the fall.
I'm scared of flying so we're taking the train to Florida.
We're seeing the movie on Tuesday because George can't make it on Friday.
Samantha is staying at her friends house when she goes to England.
Describe some arrangements that you have made for the future using the present continuous form. Exchange the present continuous form for another future-form and determine with your teacher whether it can be appropriately used for that particular sentence.
Future events that have been scheduled on a timetable or program are often expressed using the simple present. This description usually involves an exact time, date, or length of time.
We leave for Hawaii in five days!
She departs from New York at 9:00am and arrives in Toronto at 10:30am.
The summer-semester ends in August and the fall-semester begins in September.
Hurry up! The train leaves at 7:00pm.
Do we have time for a drink? The plane doesn't leave for another hour.
When does the meeting start tomorrow?
-It starts at 9:30am.
Talk about some scheduled events in the futre using the simple present form. Exchange the simple present form when describing the future for another future form and determine whether it can be appropriately used for that particular sentence.