GYG Day 32. Know your futures?

As you know I’m a firm believer in practice, practice and even more practice! To make improvements with something you need repetition. So why not try these exercises based on the different future forms we looked at last week.

If you didn’t get yourself the overview of the futures last week, then follow the link free PDF download section and download the “Future Cheat Sheet”

Simply fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Can you guess the second gap in question 5?

  1. I ……………… (call) you back as soon as I ……………… know.
  2. I’m afraid I ……………… (not/make) it to the meeting because something important has come up.
  3. Could you tell me when the first presentation ……………… (start)?
  4. Just give me a ring, if you ……………… (have) any problems.
  5. Who do you think ……………… (get) the job?  Well, I reckon George ……………… .
  6. I’m sorry, Thursday isn’t convenient at all because I ……………… (attend) a conference on that day.
  7. Please bear with me, I ……………… (just find) the correct file.
  8. I’ll pop that in the post tomorrow and it ……………… (be) there by Monday.
  9. The project ……………… (take) longer than we anticipated.
  10. You’ve got a lot on your plate right now, I ……………… (take) care of that.

“I’m a firm believer” (sehr viel von etw halten), practice (Übung), to make improvements (Fortschritte machen), repetition (Wiederholung), exercises (Übungen), in brackets (in Klammern), “I’m afraid” (Leider / Ich fürchte), to make it (es schaffen), to come up (dazwischen kommen), to give sb a ring (jdn anrufen), to reckon (glauben), to be convenient (passend), “please bear with me” (Bitte gedulden Sie sich), to pop (sth in a place) (hier: (schnell) hinschmeißen), to anticipate (erwarten), to have a lot on one’s plate (viel um die Ohren haben), to take care of sth (sich um etw kümmern).

Answer template.

  1. ………………  2) ……………… 3) ……………… 4) ………………

5) ………………  6) ……………… 7) ……………… 8) ………………

9) ………………  10) ………………

Answers.

  1. I’ll call / know  2) I won’t make or I’m not going to*  3) starts 4) have 5) will / will 6) I’m attending 7) I’ll just find 8) It’ll be 9) will / is going to *  10) I’ll take

*a ‘prediction’ or ‘prediction’ based on what you know now.

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