Friday, 2 December 2011

SIMPLE PRESENT FOR FUTURE EVENTS

SIMPLE PRESENT FOR FUTURE EVENTS
1. Form - see Simple Present section.
2. Simple present for future events - function
The simple present is used to make statements about events at atime later than now, when the statements are based onpresent facts, and when these facts are something fixed like atime-table, schedule, calendar.
Examples:
a. The plane arrives at 18.00 tomorrow.
b. She has a yoga class tomorrow morning.
c. The restaurant opens at 19.30 tonight.
d. Next Thursday at 14.00 there is an English exam.
Note the difference between:
a. The plane leaves in ten minutes (= statement of fact)
b. The plane's going to leave in ten minutes (= prediction based on present situation, meaning "...and if you don't hurry up you're going to miss it!")

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