Using El Presente in order to refer to a future action (only future time indications)

We use El presente in order to refer to a future action. Read and listen to these examples:

El año que viene viajo por América del Sur.
Next year I am travelling through South America.


La semana próxima vienes a Italia.
Next week you are coming to Italy.


Mañana vamos a la piscina.
Tomorrow we are going to the swimming pool.


El mes que viene Ana y Luisa participan en un campeonato.
Next month Ana and Luisa are participating in a competition.

Notice how in all the examples there is an indication a future event with different time phrases: "el mes que viene", "mañana", "el año que viene""la semana próxima."

If there is no time phrase indicating the future, the sentence can only refer to a present event.

"Salgo con mi novio" (no time phrase, present)

(I go out with my boyfriend.)

"Después salgo con mi novio." (después indicates a future event)

(I am going out/I am going to go out with my boyfriend later.)

See also El Presente

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La semana próxima vienes a Italia.
Next week you are coming to Italy.


El mes que viene Ana y Luisa participan en un campeonato.
Next month Ana and Luisa are participating in a competition.


Mañana vamos a la piscina.
Tomorrow we are going to the swimming pool.


El año que viene viajo por América del Sur.
Next year I am travelling through South America.


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EmanuelB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Usage of this construction

I would like to ask how often is El Presente used to indicate future action in comparison to other future tenses?

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Emanuel

El Presente is very often used to talk about a future event as long as there is a time marker indicating future, e.g mañana, después...

I would say that for events that are far away in the future El Futuro is preferred:

Dentro de diez años estaremos bastante viejos.

This wouldn't sound quite right in the present tense.

Saludos

Inma

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