The Simple Future in English

Simple present tense

What is the Simple Future?

Verbs takes different forms when talking about the future tense in English, and we may tend to use several different sentence constructions. To form the simple future tense, we use the modal verb ‘will’ + the bare infinitive of the verb (without “to”). Additionally, we can make the future simple tense by using the form ‘be going to’ + the bare infinitive of the main verb.


1. To predict something:

We use the future simple tense for predictions that are based on desires.

2. Use 'will' to express promise:

We use “will” more often in expressing promises:

3. To describe a future fact:

We use this tense to talk about thing that are going to happen.

4. Unplanned actions or decisions:

We can use the simple future tense when talking about things that are not planned at the moment of speaking.

5. To offer help or provide assistance:

You can use the simple future tense to express your willingness to provide help.

6. Using ‘be going to’ form:

We can use ‘be going to’ to describe our plans that we usually make before the moment of speaking.

7. Using ‘be going to’ form to make predictions about the future.


I will meet him later I will not meet him later
You will come You will not come
It will rain tomorrow It will not rain tomorrow
She will be late She will not be late
He will help us later He will not help us later
We will get married in September We will not get married in September
They will cook dinner They will not cook dinner

Will you meet him later? Where will you meet him?
Will you come? When will you come?
Will it rain tomorrow? Where will it rain tomorrow?
Will she be late? Who will be late?
Will he help us? Why will he help us?
Will we get married in September? When will we get married?
Will they cook dinner? What will they cook?

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