Other ways of expressing future ideas: what are they and when we use them?
Hello friends! It’s time to talk some more about the future.
I already mentioned some future forms, but now, let’s focus on some expressions which are also used for future actions.
These are: be to, be about to, be on the point of, be due to, be set to, be sure/certain to.
As you can see, most of these expressions are formed with the verb be + to-infinitive, with the exception of be on the point of, which is followed by an ing-form.
There are 2 main uses of be to for future ideas:
1. When we want to make an official arrangement, it is common to use be + to-infinitive.
Barack Obama is to visit Russia.
o Be is often left out in news headlines.
Barack Obama to visit Russia.
2. We can also use be to to express a rule or an order by a person in authority.
No one is to leave the building without permission.