My Daughter is Leaving Me


Today I have sad news;

My oldest daughter is leaving me.

Actually I’m not at all sad, because

She’s going to university,

And I am thrilled that

She has this amazing opportunity.

She will be studying in a city about an hour and a half away from our house.

She will be studying Liberal Arts and Science,

which sounds like a really interesting course.

We are taking her on Sunday, together with all her things, and

Her introduction week starts on Monday.

Her actual course begins the following Monday.

We will arrive at about eleven o’clock, and then

we are going to clean her apartment.

After that she is going to unpack her things, and then

she is going to make her room her own, and  

we are going to leave her to it.

It’s an amazing opportunity for her.

However it is a massive step.

So, for the first few weeks, she is going to come home at the weekends.

After that we will see.

I don’t know whether she will come home.

I hope that she will enjoy herself so much that 

she doesn’t need to come home.

But if she comes home, she will be welcome.

She is so lucky!

She will have an apartment right in the heart of the centre.

And her apartment will be in a block, together with all of the other first years.

There will be about 220 students in the first year, so

I hope that she will find some people that she clicks with.

Of course I am going to miss her;

She’s my oldest daughter.

I have known her for 19 years.

But this is the right thing to do.

She has to move on to the next step in her life.

And she is going to have a fabulous time.

And, even though I’m going to miss her,

It works out well, because now

I have a permanent filming set in her bedroom. Da dah!

Of course I will transform her bedroom back into a bedroom every time 

she comes home.

Have a fabulous time, Darling!  Good luck! 

I will miss you, but you will have a ball!

This film was all about the future tense.

I find ‘the future tense’ a really tricky tense to teach, because

there are four or five ways of talking about the future.

(The Present Continuous)

This is when we say: I am seeing, You are drinking, He is watching…,

But you need a time with it.

So when I said, ‘We are taking her to the apartment on Sunday.’

This is the Present Continuous…

We are taking her.

And we use this when we have agreed something;

it is in the diary.

We have arranged that we are taking her on Sunday.

If we do not have a time with the Present Continuous,

Then we are talking about what we are doing NOW.

So if I say, ‘I am talking to you’, then I mean:

I am talking to you NOW.

Whereas if I say, ‘We are taking her on Sunday’,

Then I am talking about the future.

(Talking about a Plan)

To express a plan, we say: I am going or You are going or He / She / It is going,

or We are going or They are going to VERB…

I am going to see.

You are going to watch.

He is going to learn.

I am going to visit my daughter sometime between now and Christmas.

(The Future – The Modal Verb Will)

If we are talking about the future, and 

it is not a ‘plan’; 

it is just ‘the future’,

Then we use the word ‘will’.

So if I say, “My daughter has an apartment.”

That means that she has it NOW.

It is a fact that my daughter has an apartment, but

she doesn’t have an apartment NOW, but

she will have an apartment – from Sunday.

So if I take a fact from now, like:

‘She has an apartment in the middle of the city.’ and 

I put it into the future then I say,

“She will have an apartment in the middle of the city.”

(The Future Continuous)
If I say, ‘She is studying Liberal Arts and Science.’

That means that she is studying it NOW, but

I don’t mean that because she is not studying it NOW, but 

she will be studying it – from the beginning of the course.

(Other Uses for ‘Will’)

We can also use the word ‘will’ if 

we have the word ‘if’ at the beginning of the sentence…

If my daughter comes home next weekend, 

she will be very welcome.

If I see her next weekend, 

I will give her a big cuddle.

I can also say, ‘When I see her next weekend, I will give her a big cuddle.’

We also use the word ‘will’ when 

we have the words ‘I think’ or ‘I hope’ or ‘I doubt’ at the beginning of the sentence…

I think she will really enjoy herself.

I hope she will meet some really good friends.

I doubt that she will come home every weekend.

(The Present Simple)

If something is on a timetable, like

The university has a timetable and

The first day of my daughter’s course is a week on Monday.

The course starts a week on Monday.

The introduction week starts this Monday.

It is on the timetable, so 

Even though it is in the future,

We use the Present Simple.

Just like if there is a train timetable, we say,

‘My train leaves at eight o’clock in the morning.’

My plane departs…

My bus arrives – at a certain time.

If it is on a timetable, then we use the Present Simple…

My daughter’s course starts a week on Monday.

The introduction week begins this Monday.

And that is how we express the future.

I hope you’ve found this lesson useful.

Thanks for watching!

Bye for now!