There are a number of ways to talk about the future in English. It all depends on what exactly you want to say about the future. In English, we used the simple future in the following situations: to predict a future event, to give orders, to give an invitation (in the interrogative form) as well as to express a spontaneous decision.
The simple future is formed of two parts: will + verb (without to).
In this mini-grammar lesson by Scrambled Eggs English school in Milan we will be looking at using the simple future to make decisions in the moment.
Imagine, you are at home and you hear the house phone ring:
Or, you are walking down the corridor at work and you see your colleague trip and spill coffee all over the floor:
Another scenario could be, you don’t feel very well and your partner cooks dinner for you:
Now it is time to put your new grammar knowledge to the test! Try this listening exercise – you will hear two people talking about their friend’s birthday and planning a spontaneous surprise party.
Planning A Party | Listening Exercise
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After listening to the audio above, read the following text and fill in the blanks with the correct answers that you heard.
- A: John’s birthday is ( (coming up)). What should we do? B: That’s right, I ( (almost forgot)). Hmm, let’s ( (throw)) him a surprise party, it would be so ( (nice))! A: Great idea. ( (I'll text)) Louis ( (right now)) and ask if he wants to help us organize it. B: The more the merrier. ( (I'll find)) a venue where we can ( (hold)) the event. A: I heard Roxy’s Bar gives great ( (discounts)) for parties, and they’re really ( (cheap)). ( (I'll give)) you their number. B: What should we do for decorations? ( (I'll call)) Dana, she’s so ( (creative)), she’ll enjoy helping. A: It looks like there will be a lot of us at the party! ( (I’ll ask)) Chris to get some presents, just small things. He’s always ( (bored)) and looking for something to do. B: No way, Chris is too ( (lazy)) to do a job like that. I'll ask Richard, he’s ( (honest)) and ( (dependable)). But ( (I'll remind)) him not to get anything expensive
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