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How to speak in English about the future?

Hey subscribers, welcome to another English speaking lesson for Let’s Talk Academy. In today’s English lesson you would learn how to talk about the future in English – Immediate, near or the far future. Often while speaking English we come across such situation where we have to discuss the future in general. Learn some useful 9 English phrases that would help you to speak fluently and confidently in English.

It will/won’t happen in our life time

Used to talk about something that may or may not happen in 50-60 years

Example: Wiping away corruption won’t happen in our life time

It will take forever/ an eternity

Used when you are annoyed because you feel that what you want will never happen or won’t happen soon enough

Example: I won’t stand in the queue, it will take forever.  I’ll just buy online tickets.

It could happen anytime now/minute/day now.

Used when an event is definitely going to happen very soon, but you are not sure of when exactly that is

Example: Tidy up your room, mum could arrive any minute now.

Just around the corner/right around the corner

Used when an event is definitely going to happen very soon and you are sure of when exactly that is

Example: My parents’ anniversary is just around the corner, I need to think of something nice to give them as a gift.

It’s a sign/taste of things to come

Used when something that has happened indicates how things in the future will be

Example: Our country is investing a lot in education.  It is a sign of things to come. (Meaning you expect development, literacy, more job opportunities in the future)

I’m counting the days until….

Used when you are excitedly or anxiously awaiting an event

Example: I’m counting the days until my father comes back from war.

Sooner or later

Used when something is bound to happen either soon or far in the future

Example: Sooner or later online fraudsters will be caught

I’ll get around to it

Used when you mean to do something in the future, but you will do it in your own time (no urgency)

Example: When your parents ask you to study and you want to do it in your own time, you just say I’ll get around to it

I’ll take care of it/I’ll get right on it

Used when you are saying that you will do something on an urgent basis.

Example: When your boss asks you to submit the weekly reports, you say “I’ll get right on it”

Time will tell

Used when you are not certain about the future outcome but things will eventually become clear.

Example: Time will tell whether our newly elected president was the nation’s best decision or not

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