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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Simple Future Tense

1:47 AM

I will sing

The simple future tense is often called will, because we make the simple future tense with the modal
auxiliary will.
How do we make the Simple Future Tense?
The structure of the simple future tense is:


For negative sentences in the simple future tense, we insert not between the auxiliary verb and main
verb. For question sentences, we exchange the subject and auxiliary verb. Look at these example
sentences with the simple future tense:


When we use the simple future tense in speaking, we often contract the subject and auxiliary verb:






For negative sentences in the simple future tense, we contract with won't, like this:


How do we use the Simple Future Tense?
No Plan
We use the simple future tense when there is no plan or decision to do something before we speak. We
make the decision spontaneously at the time of speaking. Look at these examples:
  • Hold on. I'll get a pen.
  • We will see what we can do to help you.
  • Maybe we'll stay in and watch television tonight
In these examples, we had no firm plan before speaking. The decision is made at the time of
speaking.
We often use the simple future tense with the verb to think before it:
  • I think I'll go to the gym tomorrow.
  • I think I will have a holiday next year.
  • I don't think I'll buy that car.
Prediction
We often use the simple future tense to make a prediction about the future. Again, there is no firm
plan. We are saying what we think will happen. Here are some examples:
  • It will rain tomorrow
  • People won't go to Jupiter before the 22nd century.
  • Who do you think will get the job?
Be
When the main verb is be, we can use the simple future tense even if we have a firm plan or decision
before speaking. Examples:
  • I'll be in London tomorrow.
  • I'm going shopping. I won't be very long.
  • Will you be at work tomorrow?
Note that when we have a plan or intention to
do something in the future, we usually use
other tenses or expressions, such as the
present continuous tense or going to.


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