Simple Future

Breaking Down the Simple Future Tense

The Simple Future Tense is one of the three aspects of Simple TenseOpens in new window. The simple future tense shows that an action will happen at some point in the future. Typically, words like tomorrow, next week, next month, in the coming years, etc. are used to indicate this verb tense.

To construct the simple future tense, the auxiliary verb willOpens in new window, is usually added in front of the main verb. We can use this tense to express future plans, habits, arrangements, etc. including predictions.

Observe these Examples:
  • I will visit the site tomorrow.
  • (This action will happen in the future.)
  • Media Chivaux will employ a secretary tomorrow.
  • (This action will happen in the future.)
  • We will relocate to Memphis next year.
  • (This action will happen in the future.)
  • When will Andy and Gift come home?
  • (I want to know when this action will happen in the future)
  • When I’m older, I’ll play with my grandchildren daily.
  • (This action will be a habit in the future.)

How to Make Use of The Simple Future Tense

In simple future tense, actions that will happen in future time are expressed by using willOpens in new window or be going to. However, shallOpens in new window may be used with I or we, but will/be going to is commonly used.

1.  Expression of Affirmative Statements with Simple Future Tense, Using ‘will’ To use ‘will’ in making an affirmative statement of simple future tense, the structure: will + simple form of verb is used.

Examples include:
  • Andy will come home after he closes at work.
  • I’ll fix your phone later in the day.
  • The train will depart soon.

2.  Expression of Negative Statements with Simple Future Tense, Using ‘will’. — To use ‘will’ in making a negative statement of simple future tense, the structure: will + not + simple form of verb is used. However, the contraction form ‘won’t’ of will not is used in some cases.

Examples include:
  • Andy will not come home after he closes at work.
  • I will not fix your phone today.
  • The train won’t depart any time soon.

3.  Expression of Interrogative Statements with Simple Future Tense, Using ‘will’ To use ‘will’ in making an interrogative statement of simple future tense, the structure: (interrogative word) + will + subject + simple form of verb is used.

Examples include:
  • Will Andy come home after he closes at work?
  • When will you fix my phone?
  • Who will take the kids home after school?

4.  Expression of Negative Interrogative Statements with Simple Future Tense, Using ‘will’ To use ‘will’ in making a negative interrogative statement of simple future tense, the structure: (interrogative word) + will not + subject + simple form of verb is used. In alternative, the contraction form ‘won’t’ of will not is used in most cases.

Examples include:
  • Won’t Andy come home after he closes at work?
  • Won’t you fix my phone today?
  • Who says I will not take the kids home after school?

    The Four Aspects of Future Tense
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