B1 Future: Be Going to/Present Continuous

Though the Present Continuous is a great way to indicate present events in present time, we can also use this verb tense when referring to future events as well!

The format is as follows:

1. Present Continuous for Future:
Formation: Subject + am/is/are + verb-ing:

Usage:

  • We use the present continuous for future events when we have a definite plan or arrangement.
  • It’s often used for things that are happening relatively soon or in the near future.
  • The time frame is somewhat fixed and planned.

Examples:

  • I am meeting my friend at 3 PM tomorrow.
  • She is flying to Paris next week.
  • They are having a party on Saturday.

Now you try some examples!

Quiz 1 - Present Continuous as Future

Choose the correct option.

 

We can also use the form be going to to indicate future events/situations!

The format is as follows:

2. “Be Going To” for Future:

Formation: Subject + am/is/are + going to + base form of the verb:

Usage:

  • We use “be going to” for future events when there is evidence or a strong intention to do something.
  • It’s often used for things that you’ve already decided to do or that seem likely to happen based on current circumstances.
  • The time frame is more flexible and can be in the near or distant future.

Examples:

  • I am going to study for my exam tonight. (I’ve made this plan.)
  • She is going to have a baby in a few months. (Based on the evidence of her pregnancy.)
  • They are going to buy a new car soon. (They have the intention to do so.)

Now you try some examples!

Quiz 2 - "Be Going To" for Future

Choose the correct answer.

 

So now you know the importance of these tenses!  We here at Scrambled Eggs are sure you are going to be amazing practicing these English phrases in the next couple of days!  Stay amazing!

Daily Routine!

I wake up at 7AM in the morning, get out of bed at 7:15, put on my clothes for work, and then prepare
breakfast by 7:30….”

^ This example above is the first part of someone’s daily routine. A daily routine is, by definition, the activities and experiences that constitute a person’s normal existence. A person’s daily routine is unique to them, which means that every person has a different list of activities they do during a day, depending on the day.

For example, in the morning you can…
Wake up
Get out of bed
Put on your clothes/dress yourself Eat a quick breakfast
Brush your teeth
Wash your face
…And more!

Maybe later in the morning you…
Take the bus to work
Take the train to school
Drive to work
Walk to School …And so on!

As our day continues, so does our routine.

Daily Routine - Quiz

Answer these questions, and see if you can match the correct activity to the correct time!

 

When we do things according to our daily routine, we usually do them in chronological order! This means that we will probably go to work before we make our dinner! Is your routine like the example above?

Future Perfect Continuous

So you are doing something in the future up until a specific point in time. What verb tense would you use for this? Dah da daaaah, the future perfect continuous, of course! It is formed by subject + will + have been + verb in “ing” form.
An example would be “I will have been dancing for hours when the sun rises.” This describes that I will continue dancing until the mentioned point in time, when the sun rises. When the action starts is somewhat ambiguous though. I could have been dancing already, or I’m starting to dance now, or I won’t start to dance until the future, though before the sun rises. Think of it as you have projected yourself into the future, when the sun rises in this case, and you are looking back on all the dancing you have accomplished.
An important thing to note is that future perfect continuous is for action verbs only because it’s describing the duration of an action. For nonaction verbs (to be, to know, etc) you would use the future perfect tense. As a reminder the future perfect tense is formed by subject + will + have + past participle.

By the time I finish writing this blog, I will have been writing blog posts for three hours!

Future Perfect Continuous Quiz

Finish the sentences below using the future perfect continuous.

We hope that helped you learn a little English today! If you’d like to improve even more, check out the rest of our resources (https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/english-exercises/ ), take a look at our Instagram or drop by our English school in Milan.