We use am/is/are + verb ending in -ing for:
Example: They are cooking dinner. (The action is happening right now)
Example: They are cooking dinner tomorrow. (The action is taking place in the future e.g tomorrow, not right now)
Examples of present continuous:
|He is playing tennis in the car.|
|I am going to town.|
|We are watching television.|
|She is reading a book|
|You are not listening to me.|
Examples of future:
|Dad is going to the supermarket in the evening.|
|Hannah is staying after school tomorrow.|
|He is playing football next Wednesday.|
|She is sleeping over at my house on the weekend.|
|I’m not working on Sunday.|
When you say that you are ‘doing something’ tomorrow means you have planned/arranged to do something which is why you know what you’re going to do tomorrow.
Example: I am going to the hospital tomorrow. (This means I have arranged an appointment and have planned to go to the hospital)
|She is having a sleepover next weekend.|
|I am going to Tom’s house on Saturday.|
|We are sleeping at grandma’s house tomorrow night.|
|My sister is cooking dinner for us on Friday.|
|They are baking a cake for dad’s birthday tonight.|
|He is going out for his friend’s party tomorrow evening.|
When talking about what someone has arranged to do you must NOT use the present simple. You use the present continuous:
I’m going to Katie’s party. (not I go to Katie’s party)
She isn’t coming for the sleepover. (not she doesn’t come for the sleepover)
When referring to timetables, programmes, trains, buses we DO use the present simple:
The bus Leaves in 10 minutes.
The program starts at 6 pm.
What are you doing tomorrow? Exercises..
Complete the sentences in the present continuous.
I am _________________________________________
He is _________________________________________
She is ________________________________________
They are ______________________________________
We are _______________________________________
Mum is _______________________________________
My parents are _________________________________
For all the sentences you have completed above in Exercise 1, change each present continuous sentence to into the future.
I am ____________________________________________________________
He is ____________________________________________________________
She is ___________________________________________________________
They are _________________________________________________________
We are __________________________________________________________
Mum is __________________________________________________________
My parents are ____________________________________________________
Fill in the missing gap with the correct verb.
crying having staying meeting going
Bethany is ______________ on holiday tomorrow.
I am not ________________ at grandma’s house.
Tom is ________________ a big party for his birthday.
My teachers are _____________ my parents for the first time.
The baby is ________________ a lot
Challenge: Using the verbs given to create your own present continuous and future sentences.
smiling, baking, running, waiting, staying, loosing, leaving, travelling, committing, visiting, stopping, treating