General English Level 4 V 3
UNIT 03 Dreams and plans TOPIC 01 The new sports centre
LANGUAGE FOCUS 04 Ways of talking about the future
We can use the future tense to talk about certain and uncertain events.

1. When we feel certain

Reg and Mr Baskett say:
Mr Baskett:
… The children will be able to start their training much sooner now, because we will have the best facilities and trainers right here….
Reg:
…I believe there will be an outdoor swimming pool, won't there? Will it be heated?
Mr Baskett: Yes Reg, that's right, a 50 metre heated pool, so now New Town will be able to hold official competitions at last. That will bring a lot of visitors here and more money into the community. There will also be a gym and basketball and tennis courts.

When the speaker feels certain about the future he/she uses will.

I
You
He
She
We
They
will go swimming tomorrow.
have the best facilities.
There will be a heated pool.
They will be able to train sooner.

Examples

1 Read the examples.
2 Listen to the examples.
3 Practise saying each example. Use the Pause button.
The new sports centre will bring more visitors to New Town.
We will have the best sports centre in the city.
There will be a lot more children learning to swim.
The builder will be working very hard to finish the centre quickly.
Young people will be able to play basketball instead of making trouble.
We will be able to start using the centre in three months.

 

2. When we don't feel so certain

Steve writes:
It will probably have parking for 500 cars…
The centre will most likely be open 7 days a week….. I hope we will be able to use the pool for training…
Jin Hee's Tae Kwon Do classes will most likely move to the centre as well..

When we don't feel certain about the future, we use will + probably, most likely. We also use hope + will.

It will probably
most likely
start at 7 o'clock.
Yoga classes
I
You
We
They
hope I
you
she
he
we
they
will be able to use the pool.
use the centre.
She
He
hopes

Examples

1 Read the examples.
2 Listen to the examples.
3 Practise saying each example. Use the Pause button.
The sports centre will probably be big enough.
We will most likely have our meetings there.
The parents hope their children will be able to swim there.
Steve hopes the members will enjoy the new centre.

 

 

Now go to 05 PRACTICE Ways of talking about the future - part 1.

 

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