Monday, 24 September 2012

What Are You Doing Tomorrow?

Introduction


This post deals with talking about the future in general, and things you are intending doing tomorrow in particular.





SCENARIO

Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. You are talking about each other's future plans. Maybe you are trying to arrange some joint activity. At some point, the other person wants to know what you are intending doing tomorrow and says to you: "what are you doing tomorrow?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Qué vas a hacer mañana?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:

¿Qué va a hacer (usted) mañana?


OUR TIP

The question is an invitation for you to say what your plans for tomorrow are. When you say what you are intending doing, you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question.


Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Mañana voy a madrugar (tomorrow I am going to get up early)
  • Mañana no voy a trabajar (tomorrow I am not going to work)
  • Mañana voy a ver a mi amigo Pedro (tomorrow I am going to see my friend Pedro)
  • Mañana por la noche voy a ir a clase de español (tomorrow evening I am going to go to my Spanish lesson)
  • Mañana a las cuatro de la tarde voy a ir al médico (tomorrow at 4:00PM I am going to the doctor's)

*Notes
Please note common ways of expressing this future in Spanish:
1. Using the future tense, as in:
  • Mañana madrugaré (tomorrow I will to get up early)
  • Mañana no iré a trabajar (tomorrow I will not go to work)
  • Mañana iré al cine (tomorrow I will go to the cinema)

2. Using the verb ir + an infinitive, as in:
  • Mañana voy a madrugar (tomorrow I am going to get up early)
  • Mañana no voy a ir a trabajar (tomorrow I am not going to go to work)
  • Mañana voy a ir al cine (tomorrow I am going to go to the cinema)


3. Using the present tense, as in:
  • Mañana madrugo (I am getting up early tomorrow)
  • Mañana no voy a trabajar (I not going to work tomorrow)
  • Mañana voy al cine (I am going to the cinema tomorrow)


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Qué vas a hacer mañana?

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