This chapter will discuss the future simple tense in English. This tense is used to refer to a time later than now, and can express facts.
There are three ways of expressing the future in English:
The future simple tense is formed with the auxiliary verb 'will' and an infinitive verb.
will + infinitive verb
How the future simple tense is formed depends on whether the sentence is:
Structure: Subject + will + infinitive + rest of the sentence.
Structure: Subject + will not + infinitive + rest of the sentence.
Structure: Will + subject + infinitive + rest of the sentence + question mark
The table below shows you the situations when to use the future simple tense.
|Offers or suggestions|
The form 'to be going to' is another way to express the future.
How the future simple tense is formed depends on whether the sentence is:
Structure: Subject + conjugation of 'to be' + going to + infinitive + rest of the sentence
|Subject||'to be' + going to|
|I||am going to|
|You||are going to|
|He / she / it||is going to|
|We||are going to|
|You||are going to|
|They||are going to|
Structure: Subject + negative form of the verb 'to be' + going to + infinitive + rest of the sentence.
|Subject||'to be' + going to|
|I||am not going to|
|You||are not going to|
|He / she / it||is not going to|
|We||are not going to|
|You||are not going to|
|They||are not going to|
Structure: Conjugation of the verb 'to be' + subject + going to + infinitive + rest of the sentence + question mark
The verb 'will' and the expression 'to be going to' can both be used to express future actions. The difference is explained in the table below.
|Verb / expression||Use||Example|
|Will||Used to express a prediction, to make a promise, a suggestion or to give orders or instructions.|
|To be going to||Used for actions with a high probability that they will happen. It is used for plans and intentions, or to make predictions based on current evidence, according to what we know about the current situation|
The present simple tense can also be used to express actions that are going to happen in the near future.
Train your skills by doing the exercises below!
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I have spent most of my career studying education and tutoring children.
I volunteered in High school with SMILE Education to teach English to African pupils.
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Colourful Props - to keep the child's attention.
Reward systems - to motivate participation.
Games and songs - to make the lesson fun
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It was such a pleasure giving a lesson to Ethan. I'm so glad it was thoroughly enjoyed.
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