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Ways to talk about the future
Will (for predictions) (Be careful of pron - often you
might not hear the ‘ll) eg. Cinderella - you will go to the ball!
Future perfect (for a fixed time in the future) (Be careful of pron - often you
might not hear the ‘ll ‘ev) eg. By 9:15 tonight we’ll have finished the live
Going to be (for predictions with evidence) (Be careful of pron - gonna be) eg.
That work was brilliant! He’s going to go far!
Present continuous for future plans and arrangements. “I’m seeing my friend
bound to = certain: eg.They are bound to succeed!
likely to = probable: eg.We’re likely to win the contract. (notice pron -
contraction and stress likely)
definite = sure: eg. He’s a definite frontrunner for the job! (notice pron -
contraction and stress definite)
Modal verbs: may / might / could eg. They may/might/could win the next election
probably won’t: eg.They probably won’t hear until next week.
definitely won’t: eg. I definitely won’t go to the party.
highly likely / unlikely
So, how do you see the world in 10 years’ time?
I think we’ll have flying cars before the end of the decade.
Self-driving cars are going to be commonplace.
Are we likely to shift completely from petrol and diesel-driven cars to electric?
Free health care is likely to collapse in many countries.
Retirement age may be increased.
Automation will take over more jobs. Some jobs will disappear completely (taxi
drivers, cashiers, admin staff, travel agents). We’ll definitely need to adapt
and conform to advances in technology.
Working hours and places will become more flexible
Fewer house will be available to rent and urban housing will become even more
Minimalism and small houses are likely to become more popular.
More people are bound to move outside cities where the air is cleaner and house
prices are cheaper.
Technology (The Metaverse)
AI will gradually take over more areas of our lives and people will become more
insulated and isolated in society.
I think more wars are likely to break out as the West scrambles to get their
hands on the materials that make microchips.
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