How to speak in English about the future? Advanced English Speaking prac...

source: Learn English with Let's Talk  2017年7月16日
In today’s English lesson you would learn how to talk about the future in English – Immediate, near or the far future.

It will/won’t happen in our life time
Used to talk about something that may or may not happen in 50-60 years
Example: Wiping away corruption won’t happen in our life time

It will take forever/ an eternity
Used when you are annoyed because you feel that what you want will never happen or won’t happen soon enough
Example: I won’t stand in the queue, it will take forever. I’ll just buy online tickets.

It could happen anytime now/minute/day now.
Used when an event is definitely going to happen very soon, but you are not sure of when exactly that is
Example: Tidy up your room, mom could arrive any minute now.

Just around the corner/right around the corner
Used when an event is definitely going to happen very soon and you are sure of when exactly that is
Example: My parents’ anniversary is just around the corner, I need to think of something nice to give them as a gift.

It’s a sign/taste of things to come
Used when something that has happened indicates how things in the future will be
Example: Our country is investing a lot in education. It is a sign of things to come. (Meaning you expect development, literacy, more job opportunities in the future)

I’m counting the days until….
Used when you are excitedly or anxiously awaiting an event
Example: I’m counting the days until my father comes back from war.

Sooner or later
Used when something is bound to happen either soon or far in the future
Example: Sooner or later online fraudsters will be caught

I’ll get around to it
Used when you mean to do something in the future, but you will do it in your own time (no urgency)
Example: When your parents ask you to study and you want to do it in your own time, you just say I’ll get around to it

I’ll take care of it/I’ll get right on it
Used when you are saying that you will do something on an urgent basis.
Example: When your boss asks you to submit the weekly reports, you say “I’ll get right on it”

Time will tell
Used when you are not certain about the future outcome but things will eventually become clear.
Example: Time will tell whether our newly elected president was the nation’s best decision or not