Simple Future Tense

Unlike some other languages, English does not have a future tense or a future tense verb form, but there are a number of ways to talk about future time. The first future tense is the future with “will.” We use the future with will to talk about something you’ve just agreed to do. It is also used to talk about predictions and even promises.

Example

  • I think I will apply for that job I saw in the newspaper.
  • I’m sure the pandemic will end before too long.

The Future Tense with ‘Will’ Structure:

Structure:

  • Positive: Subject + will + verb

(I, You, He, She, We, They) will come to the party.

  • Negative: Subject + will + not (won’t) + verb

(I, You, He, She, We, They) won’t have time tomorrow.

  • Questions: Question word + will + subject + verb

What will (he, she, you, we, they) do?

The Future Tense with “Be Going To”

We sometimes use ‘be going to’ to talk about future time.

Structure:

  • Positive: Subject + to be + going to + verb

I am going to attend the meeting.

(He, She) is going to attend the meeting.

(You, We, They) are going to attend the meeting.

  • Negative: Subject + to be + not + going to + verb

I’m not going to visit Rome next year.

(He, She) isn’t going to visit Rome next year.

(You, We, They) aren’t going to visit Rome next year.

  • Questions: (Question word) + to be + subject + going to + verb

Where am I going to stay?

Where is (she, he) going to stay?

Where are (you, we, they) going to stay?

 

The following verb tenses can also be used to talk about future time.

Example

  • Simple Present: I go to work tomorrow.
  • Present Continuous: I am working tomorrow.