Here’s one for your Thursday viewing? And a bit of food for thought! The unbelievable pace of technology is mind-blowing, exciting for future opportunities but also scary when it comes to where the human race and planet earth might be in JUST 80 years time.
Before you start, a little foray into the grammar of the future. Did you know there are two ways of predicting/forecasting in the future? The difference, however, is often overlooked or even unknown:
Firstly, the ‘will’ form (for predicting the future)
“I think the weather will be nice this afternoon.”
Secondly, the ‘be going to’ form for predictions based on a situation NOW
“I think the weather is going to be nice this afternoon.”
“Look at those black clouds. It’s going to rain.”
(we can see that it is going to rain from the clouds that are Now in the sky) DON’T USE will in this example.
So as you can tell from the title, it has to use the ‘will’ form because we can’t see the situation NOW.
(All above examples from Unit 23 p46, English Grammar in Use) by Raymond Murphy. Why not get your own copy of the English language trainers’ favourite grammar book? https://amzn.to/2B9r0X5 (affiliate link: I get a small commission at no extra cost to you!!!)
QOTD. At the end of the film, it asks you the question: Which future prediction has impressed you the most?
mind-blowing(irre), exciting (spannend), scary (furchterrengend), human race (die Menschheit), foray into sth (Ausflug), to predict (voraussagen), to forecast (vorhersagen), however (jedoch), commission (Provision),