Using the present tense to refer to the future


In German, the present tense – rather than the future tense – is normally used to refer to the future, especially when this is clearly indicated by an expression of time:

Ich komme gleich wieder.
I’ll be right back.
In zwei Tagen bin ich in New York.
In two days, I’ll be in New York.
Das Konzert findet morgen statt.
The concert will take place tomorrow.
Sie heiraten nächstes Jahr.
They will get married next year.

Frequently used words or expressions to indicate the future include: bald ‘soon’, demnächst ‘soon’/‘before long’, gleich ‘right away’, in zwei Tagen/ Wochen/Monaten etc. ‘in two days/weeks/months’ etc., morgen ‘tomorrow’, nächstes Wochenende/nächste Woche etc. ‘next weekend’/‘next week’ etc.