Different Ways to Talk about the Future in English

by | Mar 27, 2018 | English Grammar Lesson | 0 comments

Are you struggling to express yourself when talking about the future? Or are you may be familiar with the tenses going to and will, though you do not want to be overusing them when expressing future in English! In this English Grammar Lesson we will learn different ways of expressing the future!

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1. Be to

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.

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.

2. Be about to

For an action in the near future, we can also use be about + to-infinitive.

The concert is about to start.

 NOTE: We do not usually give a time with about to, However, we can use just with be about to.

The concert is just about to start. – This means that the concert is starting in the very near future.

 3. Be on the point of

Be on the point of means the same as be about to, therefore, it is also used for an action in the near future.

They are on the point of starting a new business.

 4. Be due to

Be due + to-infinitive is used when we are talking about a timetable.

The wedding is due to take place on the 30th of September.

 5. Be set to

We normally use be set + to-infinitive in news reports, to talk about things that are expected to happen soon.

J.K. Rowling is set to publish her new book.

 6, Be bound to-  Be sure/certain to

We say be bound + to-infinitive or be sure/certain + to-infinitive to say that something will definitely happen in the future.

There’s bound to be trouble.

Mark is sure/certain to quit his job.

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