Present Tenses for Future Use

Simple Present for Future Use

Timetables and Schedules

  • The bus comes at 10 p.m.
  • The restaurant opens later at 3 p.m.
  • The plane leaves in an hour. 

Fixed Plans

  • We start class next Monday.
  • When do you finish your classes?
  • He comes home at 7 p.m.

Present Progressive for Future Use

Future Arrangements

Something that has already been planned or decided on. 

  • He isn't working this weekend, because we are going on vacation.
  • I am meeting him later tonight at the movies.
  • The Smiths are having a party next week. 
  • I am going to bed now. (Just about to happen)