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Describing Future Plans for German Speakers

A common mistake many German speakers make is using the Present Simple for Future plans, and could form a sentence such as;

The correct sentence could be either "I will send it to you tomorrow" or "I'm going to send it to you tomorrow".


Remember: We talk about future plans in English by using;

  • The Future Simple if the plan is made spontaneously “the train is cancelled, fine we will take a taxi” or there is an element of promise to the plan "I will send you the document tomorrow".

  • The Present Continuous; "I am going to the cinema on Friday" or "we are meeting next Tuesday" if you are talking about a future plans where the plan exists in the present.

  • The Present Continuous in the structure "I'm going to go to the cinema", "I'm planning to visit France next summer" or "I'm hoping to finish work by 5pm".

  • The Present Simple can be used to talk about the future but only when talking about plans that are according to a timetable; "the meeting starts at 9am tomorrow morning".


Excercise: The following sentences are all written with the verb in Bold in an incorrect form, correct the sentences to be formed with an appropriate future form.

  1. I call you tomorrow, I promise.

  2. I've just heard that the reception is closed, so we meet outside the main entrance instead.

  3. As agreed, I send you all the documents later today.

  4. The meeting start at 10am tomorrow morning.

  5. Next summer I go to Poland for two weeks.

  6. We don't hold the trade fair in autumn next year, we hold it at the end of the year.

  7. We go to employ two new people within the next two months.

  8. His flight land at 10pm tonight.

  9. They don't meet next week any more.

  10. do we meet next week again?

Answers:

  1. I will call you tomorrow, I promise.

  2. I've just heard that the reception is closed, so we will meet outside the main entrance instead.

  3. As agreed, I will send you all the documents later today.

  4. The meeting starts at 10am tomorrow morning.

  5. Next summer I am going to Poland for two weeks.

  6. We are not holding the trade fair in autumn next year, we are holding it at the end of the year.

  7. We are going to employ two new people within the next two months.

  8. His flight lands at 10pm tonight.

  9. They are not meeting next week any more.

  10. are we meeting next week again?

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