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This exercise practises verbs referring to the future. Put one of these verbs in each space. Remember to use the correct form of the verb depending on its use in the sentence. Pay attention to spelling.

aim, anticipate, expect, forecast, guess, intend, plan, predict, project, prophesy, scheme, speculate

1. At the moment world population is increasing at a rate of 2%. If we (1) this growth into the future, we can see that it will reach 9 billion by the year 2050.

2. My job is to (2) on the the value of commodities like coffee and sugar in the next three months and buy and sell them at the correct price.

3. When I finish school I don't (3) to go straight to university. I want to travel around the world for a year first.

4. It's impossible to (4) accurately what the weather will be like for more than a week.

5. I'm going away for a few days. I don't know when I'll be back, but don't (5) me before the weekend at least.

6. Peter doesn't just want to be a professional footballer. He (6) to play for England and be the best player in the country.

7. The important thing in any business is to (7) situations and problems before they arise. In that way you'll always be prepared to deal with them.

8. There have been many religious leaders in history who have claimed that they could (8) the end of the world.

9. It's very difficult to (9) what the outcome of the negotiations will be, but at the moment both sides are still talking.

10. It was a good film with a lot of suspense and thrills, but I managed to (10) how it would end halfway through.

11. I'm (11) to go on holiday next month so I have to book the hotel and plane ticket soon.

12. I trusted my business partner totally, but one day I found out that he was (12) to steal all the money from the company bank account and leave the country, so I informed the police.