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Simple future tense English grammar lesson

Learning simple future tense?

You will learn what simple future tense is and the different ways that you can use it. The next part of the lesson describes how you can use ‘will’, ’verb be’ and ‘going to’ when you speak or write sentences.

What is simple future tense?

Simple future tense is used when talking about things that will happen at a time later rather than the present time. Sometimes you will hear people call future simple tense will, this is because most of the time you will use the future simple tense with the modal auxiliary will.

Different ways to use simple future tense

The first way you can use simple future tense is using the verb ‘be’ to form the simple future tense, Example

 I am going to watch a football this afternoon.Learning about future tense English grammar lesson

Simple future tense using will.

I will see you soon.

I will open the car door.

You will finish before me.

I’m going to finish my drawing in thirty minutes.

Simple future tense using the words going to.

I’m going to school later.

You are going to party tonight.

Are you going to party tonight?

You are not going to the party tonight.

Using simple future tense to make predictions

Future tense can also be used to predict the future, you can use either be ‘going’ to or ‘will’.  

Going to

It is best to use going to, when you are talking about something that has already planned, or as been decided.


I'm going to eat at a restaurant later. Want to come with me?

What’s the difference, between will and be going to?

Will and be going to, can be used, when talking about predictions and guesses.

My new car will be here next week.

My new car is going to be here next week.

 Going to is used for strong intentions or for describing the inevitable.

I’m going to give Mr Bean a good telling off for being late.

There’s no way Liverpool can score two goals in one minutes. We’re going to win again!

Will is best used when making offers or expressing decisions.

Mr Bean: - Who will help me paint the living room?

Mrs Bean: - Of course I will help you dear.

When using future simple tense in speaking, it’s often contracted with the subject and auxiliary verb:

I will


you will


he will
she will
it will


we will


they will         


Examples: -

Wait, I’ll get a something to eat for you.

We’ll go out and have a drink tonight.

He’ll be back home later

For negative sentences in the future simple tense, we contract like: - will not = won’t

I will not

I won't

you will not

you won't

he will not
she will not
it will not

he won't
she won't
it won't

we will not

we won't

they will not     

they won't

Examples: -

You won’t learn English if you don’t try harder.

She won’t be back till later.