Future Forms

Gap-fill exercises

Read the instructions and complete the following exercises. Then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints!
Choose the correct option:
1. You (are to/shall) flag this email as urgent.
2. As soon as you (are going to log/have logged) in, this screen appears.
3. Once she (has had/is having) a few lessons, Great Aunt Ivy will become a silver surfer
4. I'm (just about/due) to order pizza online, if you want some.
5. I (shan't bother/am not bothering) to call until you (turn/will turn) your phone on!
6. While you (are shopping/have shopped) today, (will/shall) you buy me some batteries?
Read the paragraph and decide if the verbs in bold are correct. Write correct or -if they are wrong- the correct form.
Storing knowledge for future generations

It is expected that technology is progressing exponentially in the next decades. It's clear that ever greater volumes of information are going to be stored digitally and there is danger that when formats will change , data will be lost . Historians say that we are in danger of losing kowledge because digital storage like hard drives are deteriorating in future. To solve this problem, scientists are going to use DNA to record a variety of data. After they have managed to do so, the whoe of Facebook is fitting in a test tube. If this works , not only will they have found a lasting solution to the problem of data storage, but one that will need minimal space.
Complete the sentences with the correct temporals:
while - once - until - as soon as - just about to

1. Please text me to let me know you find out your exam results.
2. Hi, Ben! How are you? ...Listen, can I call you back? I was go out.
3. you're tidying your room, can you see if you can find your house keys?
4. I've bought that new tablet, I'll be able to watch films on the school bus.
5. Stop shouting! I'm not going to speak to you you calm down!
Rewrite the following sentences using will:
1. We hope to see you soon. .
2. We expect to arrive early. .
3. We anticipate a few problems. .
Complete the rule to describe the future in the past:
When we describe the future from a time in the past will becomes , is going to becomes , and Present Continuous becomes .
Rewrite the bold sections of these sentences using one of the following expressions:
be bound to - upcoming - on the verge of - on the way - look forward to - foresee

1. Scientists are going to create a vaccine for the common cold very soon.
2. I'm feeling really positive about starting my new job in electrical engineering.
3. There are a lot of interesting new projects that will start soon.
4. Given the lack of funding, I can see a bleak future for scientific research in this country.
5. Robots have now replaced all waregouse staff. To be honest, it was definitely going to happen sooner or later.
6. Jason is busy preparing his presentation for next week's launch of the new smartphone.
Read the passage, then select the word or phrase that fills the blank in both meaning and grammar:
1. won't/will/shan't/aren't
2. horizon/pipeline/way/cards
3. fear/plan/hope/foresee
4. due/about/probably/unlikely
5. before/until/though/once
6. forthcoming/upcoming/imminent/envisaging
7. point/way/store/future
8. as/after/while/before
9. bound/dread/possibe/certainly
10. looming/brewing/offing/impending

This passage is about future technology

Although the future is impossible to predict accurately, futurists stop trying. Based on the evidence of what is possible, they can often make good guesses about the technologies that are in the . Many experts incredible progress in technology, which is to change our lives forever. In all likelihood, smart technology will spread to every aspect of daily life.
Driverless cars are already being tested, and they have proved to be safe, they will become common and there will be fewer road accidents. Wearable technnology is too, with some predicting that by 2030 computers and phones will already have been incorporated into clothes. Also in are sensors in your jacket which will warn you about traffic you cross the road if you forget to look left and right. You won't need much space in your wardrobe, which will contain just one all-purpose nanofibre outfit that changes shape and colour. Not only clothes, but our bodies, too, will carry technology in the form of cybernetic implants allowing us to surf the Internet with our brains. Another development, which is to be very controversial, is artificial intelligence. The possibility that a computer's intelligence could exceed a human's is, for some scientists, a sure signal of doom.