Four ways to talk about the future
In English, there are many ways of talking about events in the future. Many students find it difficult to decide which form to use in a particular situation. This page explains the differences between four main forms which we use when talking about future time.
Basic meanings of the four formsMost students know that "will" and "going to" are used to talk about future time in English. However, we also use the present progressive ("be" + ING) and the present simple tense. Here are the basic rules:
Predicting the futureWhen you are predicting what you think will happen in the future, you should choose the form based on how certain you are. If you're not too sure, it's fine to use "will", but if you're nearly certain about something, it's best to use "going to":