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Lesson #40 | Simple Present| Scheduled Events


Carl and Vera are waiting for a bus. They discuss the bus schedule using the simple present.

Carl: Hey Vera. Do you know what time this bus is? We've been waiting for ages. We should have checked before coming out.

Vera: Yeah, it's so cold too. It says here that the bus comes at 7:15, so we have another half hour to wait. We shouldn’t have gotten here so early.

Carl: Yeah, very true. And what time does it get us there?

Vera: Hold on. I'll have a look. It gets in at 9:15. Not too bad.

Carl: Yeah, It’s a little late though. How do we get to the hotel when we arrive?

Vera: We get a taxi. No more messing around with buses in this weather.

Carl: Yeah, I agree with you there Sis.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: We often use the simple present with a future meaning when talking about timetables.
  1. When does the bus arrive? It arrives at ten.
  2. The flight departs at 11:25.
Point 2: We also use the simple present with a future meaning to talk about scheduled events.
  1. When is the party? It’s at nine on Tuesday.
  2. When does Rita return? She gets back sometime in May.
Point 3: We sometimes use the simple present with a future meaning when giving instructions.
  1. When you get to Bangkok, go through immigration and then get a taxi.
  2. When I get to the station, where do I pay?
Point 4: We rarely use the simple present with a future meaning in other ways.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
pull in • take off • stop • begin • last
  1. My flight does not until noon.
  2. This bus three times along the journey.
  3. The movie three hours.
  4. The meeting as soon as we all arrive.
  5. The bus at 3:15.