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 of 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.)
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