Using the Present Simple to talk about the future

The Present Simple is used to refer to facts, therefore when using it to talk about the future it is used to refer to fixed, scheduled or timetabled events.

Present Simple for the future

  • A timetable


       The train leaves at 17:30

  • A known fact


       His birthday is in May

  • An arrangement


       We have our exam on Tuesday

  • A schedule


       The class finishes in ten minutes



That these uses can be understood as statements of truth or fact. As explained in the basic functions of the present simple here

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