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D-07.09 Predict the Future of the World with 5 Kinds of Verb Phrasing

D-07.09 Predict the Future of the World with 5 Kinds of Verb Phrasing

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Unit 2 (The Simple Tenses: The Future—“Work in the Future”) of the Original Scenario, Volume Two: English Grammar in Context, pages 26-38

13 pages                               

Who It’s For: (Teachers & Helpers of) Advancing Students of English Who Want More Ways of Expressing Ideas about Future Events or Activity in Conjunction with One Another. 

Why It’s Useful: In pages that need updating but are still useful, here’s another review of ways to “Apply Grammar.” At various levels of difficulty, Unit 2 of the original Scenario Volume Two purports to present and practice—and assess mastery of—five (5) varieties of phrasing used to forecast future events or trends. These are: [1] am / is / are (n’t) going to + Verb,  [2] will / won’t + Verb,  [3] will / won’t + be + Verb-ing (the “Future Continuous”), [4] Verb(s) or am / is / are (n’t) Verb-ing (the “Simple or Continuous Present for Future Meaning”), and [5] am / is / are (n’t) about to Verb (for the “Very Near Future”).  The only option missing is “Future in the Past” (was / were (n’t) going to / about to + Verb), which might also be comforting at a time where “novel” or “new” is not necessarily to be sought after. 

What You’ll Do: 

[1] The page 26 Scenario: “Work in the Future” is composed of statements and questions printed on “Society-of-Future-Studies Speech Note Cards.” Exercises 1a-1c ensure comprehension of the sentence patterns. Since much time has passed since these “predictions” were made, text users might want to update some of them.

[2] Then come boxed explanations entitled The Future: Going to; The Future: Will; the Future Continuous; Summary of Forms; Expressions of Future Time; and so on.   Each section of pedagogy is followed by “controlled to expressive reinforcement  exercises.” As usual, at intervals these culminate in multi-leveled “Talking It Over,” “Writing It Down,” and/or “Putting It Together” activities. Look forward to the world  to come with this always relevant material.  


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