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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Simple Future Tense - Examples, Rules and Exercise


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The Meaning of Simple Future Tense

The simple future is a verb tense that’s used to talk about things that haven’t happened yet.

It is used when an action is promised/thought to occur in the future.

The simple future refers to a time later than now, and expresses facts or certainty. In this case there is no 'attitude'.

The tense of a verb, generally speaking, tells us at what period in time an action or state is happening. The particular verb tense we will look at is called simple future tense.


Simple future tense is used to refer to events that will happen in the future.

The Future Simple tense is often called the “will tense” because we make the Future Simple with the modal auxiliary will.

How do we make the Future Simple tense?

The structure of the Future Simple tense is:

subject+auxiliary will+main verb

For negative sentences in the Future Simple tense, we insert not between the auxiliary verb and main verb. For question sentences, we exchange the subject and auxiliary verb. Look at these example sentences with the Future Simple tense:

subjectauxiliary verbmain verb
+Iwillopenthe door.
+Youwillfinishbefore me.
Shewillnotbeat school tomorrow.
?Willyouarriveon time?
We sometimes use shall instead of will, especially for I and we.

Contraction with Future Simple

When we use the Future Simple tense in speaking, we often contract the subject and auxiliary verb:

I willI’ll
you willyou’ll
he will
she will
it will
we willwe’ll
they willthey’ll

In negative sentences, we contract with won’t, like this:

I will notI won’t
you will notyou won’t
he will not
she will not
it will not
he won’t
she won’t
it won’t
we will notwe won’t
they will notthey won’t

How do we use the Future Simple tense?

No Plan

We use the Future Simple tense when there is no plan or decision to do something before we speak. We make the decision spontaneously at the time of speaking. Look at these examples:

  • Hold on. I‘ll get a pen.
  • We will see what we can do to help you.
  • Maybe we‘ll stay in and watch television tonight.

In these examples, we had no firm plan before speaking. The decision is made at the time of speaking.

We often use the Future Simple tense with the verb to think before it:

  • think I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.
  • think I will have a holiday next year.
  • I don’t think I’ll buy that car.


We often use the Future Simple tense to make a prediction about the future. Again, there is no firm plan. We are saying what we think will happen. Here are some examples:

  • It will rain tomorrow.
  • People won’t go to Jupiter before the 22nd century.
  • Who do you think will get the job?


When the main verb is be, we can use the Future Simple tense even if we have a firm plan or decision before speaking. Examples:

  • I‘ll be in London tomorrow.
  • I’m going shopping. I won’t be very long.
  • Will you be at work tomorrow?


Here's the positive form (it's just 'will' + infinitive):

  • I will meet him later (I'll ..)
  • You will come (you'll..)
  • It will rain tomorrow (it'll)
  • She will be late (she'll..)
  • He will help us later (he'll..)
  • We will get married in September (we'll)
  • They will cook dinner (they'll..)

The short form: 'll is very, very common, and is almost always used when speaking. It's really much more natural to say 'I'll' instead of 'I will'. Here's some help with the pronunciation:

Next, here's the negative form (just add 'not' - remember will not = won't):

  • I will not go (I won't ..)
  • You will not be late (you won't ..)
  • It will not snow tomorrow (it won't..)
  • She will not get the job (she won't..)
  • He will not pass the exam (he won't ..)
  • We will not come (we won't..)
  • They will not stop (they won't ..)

Finally, here's the question:

'yes / no' questions:

  • Will I go?
  • Will you come early?
  • Will it be cold?
  • Will she dance?
  • Will he arrive soon?
  • Will we cook?
  • Will they leave?

'wh' questions:

  • Where will I go?
  • Why will you come early?
  • When will it be cold?
  • Who will she dance with?
  • What time will he arrive?
  • What will we cook?
  • When will they leave?


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Future Simple Quiz

You can do this grammar quiz. It tests what you learned on the Future Simple page.

1. He _____ arrive on time.


2. Will your folks _____ before Tuesday?


3. We _____ get there until after dark.


4. We will _____ what your father says.

 to see

5. I don’t ________ go swimming today.

 think I
 think I’ll

6. It ________ tomorrow.

 will snow
 is snowing

7. We won’t ________ until we get there.

 have know

8. I ________ back before Friday.

 ‘ll be
 am being

9. Will you _____ at the rehearsal on Saturday?


10. I’m going to the grocery store. I think _____ buy a turkey.