In The Near Future - Intermediate
When you want to say that something is going to happen a short time in the future, English doesn't have a special verb tense. Instead, we use one of these phrases.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- It's going to happen (quite / very) soon.
- In (just) a moment / minute..
- In (just) a few minutes..
- Any second / minute / day now,
- Not long now.
- In the near future...
- Before long,
- ...is just around the corner
- ..will happen in our lifetimes
- Watch this space.
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- We use phrase 1 to describe something that we will not need to wait a long time for. the length of time could be minutes, hours or days.
- Phrases 2 and 3 are used when something is a few minutes away (no more than ten minutes).
- We use phrase 4 to show that we expect something to happen almost immediately but we can't predict exactly when it will happen.
- We use phrase 5 to tell other people that they will not need to wait much longer. We often say this to impatient children.
- We use phrases 6, 7, and 8 to predict an important change in the world. Phrases 6 and 7 come before a sentence about the future and phrase 8 comes after a noun or noun phrase.
- We use phrase 9 to say that we expect an important change in the world in the next fifty or sixty years. Phrase 9 comes after a noun or noun phrase.
- Phrase 10 is used in writing, especially journalism to say that the writer expects to be writing about a future event in the same publication tomorrow or a few days later.