Future Simple Form and Usage

We make the future tense by adding the word ‘will’ to the verb:

Positive: I + will:

  • ‘I will be there.’

Negative: I + will not:

  • ‘I will not be there.’

The short form in the positive adds an ‘ll to the verb:

  • ‘I’ll leave right now.’

The short form in the negative is ‘won’t’:

  • ‘She won’t leave until Friday.’
Long Form   Short Form

Positive

I

you

she

he

it

we

they

will   I

you

she

he

it

we

they

‘ll
Negative I

you

she

he

it

we

they

will not   I

you

she

he

it

we

they

won’t

 

Making Questions in the Future Simple Tense

Yes or no questions

  • Will you be on time?
  • Will it be open?
  • Will they go?
  • Will we leave soon?
  • Will you dance with me?

‘Wh’ questions

  • Where will you go?
  • What will we serve for tea?
  • When will the rain stop?
  • Who will be the next Eurovision star?
  • Why will they stay over there?

Using the Future Simple Tense

We use the future simple to talk about the future in English. The word ‘will’ indicates that you want (or do not want) to do something in the future:

  • I will be at the meeting.
  • I won’t be there on time.
  • Will we go to France on holiday?
  • Won’t they be there?

We also use ‘will’ to show decisions or promises:

  • I will go to the party after all.
  • I will return this to you when I am done.
  • You will pay me back.
  • They will return to their home.

Or use the negative form to show unwillingness:

  • I won’t leave until I’ve spoken to a supervisor.
  • The car won’t start this morning

We can predict the future:

  • It will rain tomorrow.
  • She will probably hate it.
  • You will meet a tall, handsome stranger.

Or give orders or directions:

  • You will do as I say.
  • We will follow that trail until we come to the campsite.
  • They will need to do this important step first.

The most common way to remember the future simple, however, is when two people are joined together in marriage:

  • Will you marry me?
  • I will. / I will not.
  • Will you take this woman? Will you take this man?
  • I will.
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