Welcome to
ESL Printables, the website where English Language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans,  activities, etc.
Our collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions.

 


 

 

 

ESL Forum:

Techniques and methods in Language Teaching

Games, activities and teaching ideas

Grammar and Linguistics

Teaching material

Concerning worksheets

Concerning powerpoints

Concerning online exercises

Make suggestions, report errors

Ask for help

Message board

 

ESL forum > Ask for help > hi    

hi



Mouna mch
Algeria

hi
 
I need your help, please!
 
when we say " the train arrives at 7:30"... is it present simple refereing to a future event or?!!
 
thanks in advance..

17 Feb 2010      



ELOJOLIE274
France

yes, you can use the present simple or the present in BE +-ing to talk about the future, if this future is totally certain and planned (timetables...)

at the train station, the ticket clerk selling you your train tickets will say "the train arrives at 7.30 pm in London"
however if you īre on the phone talking about the time your train arrives, you will more likely say "my train is arriving at 7.30pm" because your "point of view" is not the timetable of the train but the fact you īre talking about the globality of your journey "i īm leaving... i īm arriving...".

it īs kind of difficult to explain in English but have a look in a grammar book, you might find a clearer explanation!!

Elodie

17 Feb 2010     



mimau
France

yes, it is neutral information which can īt depend on anybody īs will or comments.

Hope it helps

17 Feb 2010     



eng789
Israel

It īs stating a "fact" - therefore PRESENT SIMPLE.

17 Feb 2010     



Stepha
Portugal

"We use the present simple when we talk about future events that are part of some OFFICIAL ARRANGEMENT such as a timetable or programme:
Their plane arrives at 2 o īclock in the morning.
The next meeting of the committee is on November 5th.
We get off the train in Bristol and continue by bus.
I īm away on holiday next week. Can we meet the week after?"
Advanced Grammar in Use, CUP
Hope it helpsSmile

17 Feb 2010     



Adel A
Egypt

how are you Mounaكيف الحال of course it is right because it refers to the oppointment of the train which may happen every day

17 Feb 2010     



cagreis
Portugal

Stepha is right. In your example the Present Simple is used for TIMETABLES as something which occurs regularly in the present.

17 Feb 2010