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There are several ways to talk about the future in the English language. This can be confusing because it is not always easy to recognize the differences in meanings. In many cases, there are multiple options. This lesson will cover the basic use of the future tense.

The most common way of speaking about the future is by using “will.”

will + infinitive (no to)

  • We will work well together.
  • I will be here at 9:00 tomorrow morning.
  • He willrun the race next weekend.
  • She will call me back.

If you already have a pre-arranged time or plans for something, you don’t always need “will,” but you can use the simple present or present continuous/progressive.

  • Vacation starts in December. Pre-arranged time = simple present
  • They have a test onMonday.
  • The train leavesat 4:32pm.
  • We’re playing football together tomorrow.  Plans = present continuous
  • We’re working on a school project together next week.

Will is used for information and predictions. We generally use it to describe expectations about the future, or to make predictions on what we think, guess, or believe will happen. We can also use it to show voluntary actions, decisions made in the moment, promises, and future facts.

  • It will be cold tomorrow.
  • Where will you stay in Paris?
  • It will be cold soon.
  • Will your entire family visit for Christmas?
  • The sun will rise tomorrow.
  • Karen will start her new job on Thursday.
  • “We need someone to come in early on Thursday.” “I’ll do it.”

The negative form is will + not. You can use the contractions for both will and will not. It is more common to use the contraction won’t rather than will not.

  • He won’tmake it.
  • They’llbe here soon.
  • She will not have enough time to do her hair.
  • I won’tbe late, I promise.

We’llleave early tomorrow.

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Will Inequality Grow in the Future?

Eric Schmidt of Google predicts that financial inequality will be a major challenge for democracies around the world.

Topics:  Economics  Our Future  Skill Point: Future Tense

San Francisco is a favorite city for many people all around the world. A Mecca for tourists and foodies, but these days most definitely known for its booming tech market. According to Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, this very this is creating a startling financial inequality that is sure to become the “number one issue of democracies,” in the coming years.

It’s no surprise that Google is concerned with growing inequalities. Activists in San Francisco and Silicon Valley are regularly targeting big-name bosses and investors like Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) and Ron Conway (angel investor) as parts of the problem. They’ve criticized the tax breaks given to the technology sector, and protested the private shuttles big companies like Facebook and Google provide to their employees.

The global wage gap continues to widen, according to the World Watch Institute. High incomes are inflating the costs of living, including rent, throughout tech-heavy areas. Meanwhile, the average worker’s wages are falling behind, and smaller companies are fighting to keep up with labor productivity growth. There are close to 200 million unemployed, according to the International Labor Organization.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the income gap is more prevalent in some democratic countries than in others. In 2011, Norway had the highest hourly wage in the world, at $64.15, with the Philippines at the low end at $2.01.  The U.S. and Japan are in the middle, while Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the rest of Asia fall into the lower half of the hourly compensation numbers.

In a recent TED Talk, Schmidt promoted his new book, The New Digital Age, but not without a warning to the world regarding the changing future of democracies. We’ve known about the growing income gap, and even though Occupy Wall Street has fallen from the media’s eye, nothing seems to have changed.

Schmidt and Conway both believe we all, but especially the giants in the tech industry, have a responsibility to the future of democracies to try and reduce this income gap. Conway asks big tech businesses to donate their unused office space to startups that can’t afford raising rents, to adopt a school and provide guidance and materials to the teachers and administration, and to donate 1 million community service hours, among other charitable recommendations.

Schmidt provided three solutions:

1) Support Startups

The future is changing, and startups are shaping the landscape with new ideas and strategies. The main problem with the widening financial inequality is the high unemployment rate and the comparatively larger wage commanded by more tech-savvy workers. In order to keep new jobs coming, Schmidt proposes we support new startups as they spring up, and welcome their ideas. The next Twitter could be right around the corner.

2) Improve Education & Connectivity

One of the reasons there is such a gap in income is the small percentage of those able to do these high-paying jobs. With more education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM industries), there will be more and more individuals qualified for these positions. Both Schmidt and US President Barack Obama are pushing for more education in these fields in order to fill out the tech industry’s growing job market. (Schmidt even states that all jobs unrelated to “creativity and caring” will soon be replaced by robots.)

3) Build a Safety Net

There is a limit to how many people the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industries can employ. Schmidt suggests building a (public) safety net for those who lose their jobs with the changing market, so they have access to necessary amenities like homes and healthcare.

This subject is one we’re sure to see more about.

Reading Comprehension

Writing

INTERMEDIATE: Choose one of the solutions Google’s Eric Schmidt presents to combat the growing inequality gap. In 200 words, give reasons why you agree or disagree with his solution, and how you might implement or change it.

ADVANCED: Why do you believe the global wage gap continues to widen? Do you think a certain person, country, or demographic is responsible? Are there any reasonable solutions? In a rational and sensible way, answer these questions and defend your argument.