Future Simple for intermediate learners

The best way to predict the future is to create it. In this lesson, you will learn to talk about the future in English using 'will.'

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"Future Simple" Tense in English Grammar

What Is Simple Future?

When we want to talk about plans, events, or anything in the future time, we can use the 'simple future'. In this structure, we use the modal verb 'will' with the main verb. However, talking about the future is not limited to this form.

Structure

Since in English we do not have a specific verb form for the future, as opposed to the past form, we add a modal verb, 'will', to show that the action will happen in the future. Remember that the modal verb comes before the main verb. Let us take a look at the following examples:

She will continue her presentation next week.

As you can see, the base form of the verb comes after the modal verb.

He will travel to Germany on the weekend.

I will give you my article by the end of the week.

Warning!

Always remember that we use the base form of the main verb for all subjects, even with the third-person singular. Look at the examples below:

It will continue next month. (Not it will continues...)

Angelina will study harder the following semester.

Just like other sentence structures in English, we can easily turn these positive statements into negative sentences and questions. Pay attention to the following examples:

Will you sing for me?

Julie won't be happy with your comment.

Uses

The 'simple future' tense is used in many different contexts in English, however, we want to talk about some of its main uses as listed below:

  • Prediction
  • Promises
  • Offers
  • Requests

Prediction

When we want to talk about an action or event that is going to happen in the future, we use the 'simple future' tense. Carefully study the following examples:

She will be here tomorrow morning.

Their car will arrive in a few minutes.

Promises

When we want to promise someone we will or will not do something, we can use the 'simple future' tense. Take a look at the following examples:

I won't leave you.

She will come here as soon as she gets the message.

Tip!

You can use this structure to give someone hope. Look at the examples below:

It will get better.

You'll be alright soon.

As you can see, 'll is the short form of 'will'.

Offers

Another use of the 'simple future' tense is to make an offer. We mostly use positive sentences here. Let us look at some examples:

I will help you with the luggage.

She will bring my bags to the elevator.

Requests

When we want to request something or ask someone to do us a favor, we use the 'simple future' tense. Take a quick look at the examples below:

Will you talk to me, please?

Will you come forward and introduce yourself?

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