• English Future Forms: Will/Present Simple/Present Continuous For a Good Cause

    Language Over Internet and Skype English Classes wants to bring you interesting English lessons that help you learn English and hopefully something even more than just grammar. We are even happier when we can give you a lesson that helps you learn English and has the potential of helping other people’s lives. So this is a lesson about a charity organization and about the future. What will our world’s future look like?

    Watch the Video and do the listening exercises:

    1. Your birthday ______change that.
    2. What do the Bayaca people know?
    3. This September Charity: Water _______ four years old.
    4. We’___ fly back to drill the first well of the campaign live on our anniversary.

    Now Read the Article:

    Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.

    It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care.

    But forget about us.

    Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water.

    It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like really, but one in eight might be easier. One in eight people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

    Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those billion people. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet.

    We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait 8 hours for a turn.

    Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we know how to help millions.

    Start by helping one.

    Now look at the grammar and do the grammar exercises.

    Present Simple

    We use the present simple for scheduled events in the future. Generally used with date and/or times.

    • For timetables (planes, buses, TV programs etc.)
    • For people if their plans are fixed by a time. (hotel reservations, dinner reservations, meetings, etc.)
    1. Make two sentences in present simple about Charity: Water.

    2.Present Continuous (to be +going+infinitive verb)

    • We use the present continuous for plans that have already been arranged. These do not have date and times.
    • Travel plans, plans for tomorrow, the weekend.

    *Note that we can drop going and use the shorter form of just to be + verbing.

    1. Make two sentences in Present Continuous about Charity: Water.


    • We use will for decisions made at the moment. I’ll go pick them up since it is raining.
    • Offers. I’ll do the dishes.
    • Predictions. It’ll rain tomorrow, for sure.
    • Anything uncertain (maybe, possibly, I think, I hope, etc.) I’ll probably call when I get to the hotel.
    • Something in the future that cannot be changed. There’ll be a full moon tomorrow.
    1. Make two sentences in future with will about Charity: Water.

    We hope you enjoyed this lesson and learned about the future both grammatically and socially. Visit Charity: Water for more.

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