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Lesson #39 | Present Continuous | Future Plans


Roy and Lyn see each other Friday afternoon and discuss plans for the evening using the present continuous.

Roy: Say Lyn, what are you doing tonight? A group of us are going down to the new club.

Lyn: Oh, thanks Roy, I’d love to but actually I've already arranged to see my brother tonight.

Roy: Ah, that's too bad. Well, maybe next week then. We're going down again next Friday if it's any good.

Lyn: That would work. Sounds great. Are you doing anything before the club?

Roy: Actually yeah, yeah. We're meeting in the cocktail bar to have food and cocktails tonight. We could do that again next week if you want.

Lyn: Great. Sounds like a plan. You have fun then, enjoy yourself.

Roy: Sure, will do. We'll miss you.

Lyn: Thanks.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: We often use the present continuous to talk about arranged personal plans in the future.
  1. I’m seeing my girlfriend tonight.
  2. Trev is going home on Saturday.
Point 2: We often use the present continuous to talk about things which are just about to start. This is often with verbs showing movement.
  1. Are you coming shopping?
  2. I’m taking you to school young man.
Point 3: Present continuous can be used to indicate or stress that an arrangement or plan is fixed.
  1. He is going to jail after that decision.
  2. I am having my head shaved and becoming a monk this October.
Point 4: We do not usually use the present continuous to talk about things which we cannot control. We can use future with 'will' or 'be going to' plus infinitive for this.
  1. It is snowing soon. (Wrong).
  2. It will snow soon/It is going to snow soon (correct)
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
see • go • have • play • take
  1. Tom tennis tonight.
  2. Maria and Meg me to dinner later.
  3. I my brother tonight.
  4. I to Bali next vacation.
  5. Vera Mexican food tonight.