Schedules and Time Tables
in the Future
There are many different ways to talk about the future
in English. We use different verb
depending on what we want to say about the future.
In this lesson, we will learn how to talk about schedules and time
tables in the future.
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Schedules and time tables
A time table is a schedule that shows all the times a train, bus, or
airline service has its trips. These times are fixed and do not change.
When we talk about a time table or scheduled events (the beginning of
the school year or a national holiday, for example), we use the simple
. It is clear from the context that we are talking
about the future.
Katherine's flight leaves
Katherine's flight will
We don't use the simple
to talk about future schedules or time tables. We must use the simple
Review the rules on how to form the simple present here
before reading the examples below.
on May 15th this year.
(The date has been officially decided and announced.)
- The concert begins
at 8pm, so we will have time for dinner first.
(The concert is scheduled to begin at 8pm.)
- The ship leaves
port this Tuesday at 5am.
(The ship's scheduled route is set to begin at 5am.)
- Darren's flight leaves at
(That is the flight's scheduled departure time set by the airline.)
- Terry's favorite television program is on in an
hour. She is going to read until then.
(The program always starts at the same time of day.)
We often use the simple present to talk about time tables related to
modes of transportation (airplanes, buses, or trains).
But remember that we must be talking about an officially decided and
announced schedule. We cannot use the simple present to talk about
driving in a car, for example. That's because a car trip does not have
an official schedule created by a company or organization.
going to leave
at about 9am. Allen is going to drive
at around 9am. Allen drives
When we are talking about a personal car trip, this is an intention we
have for the future. Be sure to review the section on intentions
to remember the rules for talking about these
plans for the future.