SIMPLE PRESENT USED FOR THE FUTURE

 

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SIMPLE PRESENT USED FOR THE FUTURE

The Simple Present can be used with a time expression for a definite future arrangement in addition to the usual Present Continuous tense.

Example:

PRESENT SIMPLE

PRESENT CONTINOUS

The boys start school on Monday.

I leave tonight.

 

The boys are starting school on Monday.

I am leaving tonight.

 

When using Present Simple for the future, it is more appropriate than Present Continuous.

The Simple Present is more impersonal than Present Continuous. I’m leaving tonight would imply that I decided to leave, when I leave tonight would mean that it’s part of a plan not necessarily made by me.

The Present Simple is more formal than Present Continuous. A chain of restaurants planning to open new restaurant is more likely to say Our new restaurant opens next Tuesday rather than Our new restaurant is opening next Tuesday.

 

Use of Present Simple is more suitable when referring to a series of proposed future actions, like plans for a journey.

Example:

Our plane leaves at 6:10 am, and arrives in Warsaw at 10:20 a.m.

Next Monday, we have a conference and then we leave at 10:30 p.m.

 

The Present Simple is always used when talking about a habitual action e. g. time-table, schedule or calendar.

Example:

The lesson starts in ten minutes.

The bus does not arrive at 11 a.m., it arrives at 12 p.m.

 

 

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