The present continuous tense
is used to talk about the
an action or situation is planned or intended.
Sentences with this use of the present continuous
have words or
phrases which refer to
He's studying in the library.
He's studying in the library tonight. (future)
She's leaving. (now)
She's leaving tomorrow morning. (future)
They're driving to Chicago.
They're driving to Chicago next week. (future)
We're having a test. (now)
We're having a test in two days.
They're playing tennis. (now)
They're playing tennis tomorrow.
When the present continuous tense is used to show
future actions or situations, all the common future
time words and phrases can be used:
tomorrow morning / evening
/ night, etc.
next week / month / year,
the day after tomorrow
the week / month / year, etc.
in ___ hours / days / weeks
/ months, etc.
___ hours / days / weeks /
months, etc. from now
in + future year
on + future date
The action or situation in
sentences with present
continuous tense and future
time must be planned
or intended. The present continuous tense cannot
used if an action or situation cannot logically be
not possible: It's raining tomorrow.
not possible: I'm feeling fine next week.