Time expressions for the future

You will learn how to express your plans, activities or schedules for the future.


Time expressions for the future


Imagen: ¨Canberra¨ view from a hot air ballon", Wade Johanson (2009), Wikimedia Commons

Instructions: Read about Canberra. Look at the underlined words.

I am visiting Canberra next week . It is the capital city of Australia. With a population of 381,488, it is Australia’s largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory. A resident of Canberra is known as a “Canberran”.

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney, and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest cities. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city, outside of any state, similar to Washington, D. C., in the United States, or Brasilia in Brazil. Following an international contest for the city´s design, a blueprint by American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The Griffins’ plan featured geometric motifs such as circles, hexagons and triangles, and was centred on axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra. Retrieved and adapted March, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra

Getting started: The Bush capital

Instructions: Read the following information about Canberra, the bush capital:

The city’s design was influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the “bush capital”. Canberra’s annual Floriade festival features a large display of flowers every spring in Commonwealth Park. The organisers of the event have a strong environmental standpoint promoting and using green energy, “green catering”, sustainable paper, the conservation and saving of water. The event is also smoke free.

Canberra. Retrieved and adapted March, February 2019, from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra#sustainability_and_environment

Instructions: Match the two halves of the sentence

the mandatory use of sustainable paper in two years.the diversity of australian flowers.how canberrans promote green energy tomorrow.want to go to the Canberra’s annual Floriade.

1. Next spring I ___________

2. Our teacher will explain to us ___________

3. Some politicians are promoting ___________

4. Next summer I will be able to watch ___________

Let’s check out how to use time expressions for the future

Instructions: Read about time expressions for the future:

There are several time expressions that are used in all of the different forms of the future tense. They are generally used at the end of the sentence or question. The most common are:

Future Time ExpressionsExample SentencesSimilar Expressions
tomorrow (one day after today)I think I will go swimming tomorrow.


tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow evening

the day after tomorrow (two days after today)Joy is moving the day after tomorrow.The week after next (week)
next week (the week after this week)Alice starts school next week.

next month

next year

in a year (a specific period of time in the future)Sandy is going to graduate in a year.

in a week

in a month

in an hour

this morning (the closest morning in the future)Tracy has a meeting this afternoon.

this week

this month

this year

this weekend

on Monday (a specific day)Elaine is going to Spain on Monday.On the weekend In June


The Sydney Opera House Program

Instructions: Choose the correct time expression for each sentence.

1. You will listen to famous arias from Bizet, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi performed by some of Australia’s Opera finest opera singers last month / next month.

2. There is going to be a new event for New Year’s Eve in two months / two months ago.

3. They are going to see a puppet performance next December 30th / last December 30th.

4. We will go to a concert in Australia in a year / last year.

5. She is going to study in the best university in Australia last year / next year.

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Time expressions

Instructions: Drag and drop the following time expressions to complete the statements.

tonightnext yeartomorrowNext summernext vacation

1. We couldn’t go to Australia on vacation but ___________ we certainly will.

2. They didn’t go to the Art Gallery but ___________ they will.

They still have time.

3. Summer is very hot in Australia. ___________ I’ll travel to Canada.

4. She will go to the concert ___________ I’m going with him.

I’m in a hurry.

5. I’m going to study postmodern Art ___________.


Going to Canberra soon

Instructions: Unscramble the words to write positive statements.

1. Australia / going to / We / next / travel / summer / are / to .

2. Sydney / are / going to / We / visit / soon .

3. visit / We / will / Canberra / in August .

4. in the afternoon / We / there / wild / see / will / animals .

5. vacation / amazing / going to / It / be / is / an / summer .

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