The Future Simple

The English future simple tense is used for talking about things that haven't happened yet. You will be able to talk about your future plans, as well as ask someone about theirs. You will also be able to make predictions about things that you think will or won't happen in the future, as well as ask someone about their predictions for the future.

 

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Future Simple Affirmative

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There are two ways to form sentences in the simple future. One way is to use "will" and the base form of the verb.

  • Examples:
    • I will go to the store tomorrow.
    • She will travel to England next summer.

The other way is to use "be going to" and the base form of the verb.

  • Examples:
    • I'm going to go shopping on Saturday.
    • We're going to eat pizza for dinner tonight.

Future Simple Negative

The future simple negative is formed by adding "not," either right after "will" or right after the "to be" verb.

  • Examples with "will":
    • The kids will not go to school tomorrow.
    • It won't rain tomorrow! 
  • Examples with "be going to":
    • I'm not going to go to work today.
    • Sam isn't going to finish his homework on time.

Future Simple Questions

Future simple yes/no questions are formed by moving the "will" or the "to be" verb to the beginning of the sentence.

  • Examples:
    • Will it rain tomorrow?
    • Will I like the movie?
    • Are you going to go to the party on Friday?
    • Is Misha going to bring cookies?

Future simple wh-questions are formed by placing the wh-word at the beginning of the sentence. The rules for yes/no questions still apply.

  • Examples:
    • Where will they go on vacation next summer?
    • What will Joe cook for dinner tonight?
    • When is the movie going to start?
    • What time are they going to arrive?