What is the future simple?
The future simple is one of the English verb tenses.
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Use & examples
We use the future simple tense to describe:
It can be used to make a prediction about the future, to describe something that will happen. This is based on information that we know or something that we expect to happen.
- They'll have children in the next two years.
- My friend will arrive late as usual.
How do you write and pronounce the future simple?
Form: Key points
- Use will + main verb (base form).
Here are examples of the affirmative (positive) form, negative form and question form using the verb 'live'.
It is less common to contract subject pronouns with auxiliary verb + 'not'
- I'll not
- He'll/She'll/It'll not
- Yes, I will. / No, I won't.
- Yes, you will. / No, you won't.
We commonly use contractions (e.g. 'I'll meet friends' or 'He won't work today') for the future simple tense, especially when speaking English.
For the future simple, we have extra information about:
- spelling exceptions for verbs and
- time expressions that you can use.
Spelling exceptions for verbs
There are no spelling exceptions for future simple, for regular or irregular verbs. Just use the base form of the verb (infinitive without 'to').
[run] I'll run to the bank.
[be] He'll be in London.
Time expressions used with future simple
Here are time markers that can be used with the future simple.
1) next week / month / year
This gives a time in the future.
I'll start at the new company next month.
2) later / this afternoon / tomorrow / soon
This gives a time in the near future.
We will meet your parents this afternoon.
3) in / on / at
It is also possible to use these prepositions of time for the future.
We'll leave in ten minutes / in a couple of hours.
I'll phone you on Saturday.
They'll visit us at the weekend.
Quiz 1: Instant decisions & predictions
Last minute special offers for a music concert
Type the verbs in the future simple tense and use the affirmative, negative or question form.
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- Peter: Wow! More tickets are available for the concert. I ('ll buy, will buy)[buy] some later.
Anne: (Will) you (go)[go] to the ticket office or buy them online?
- Peter: I (will get, 'll get)[get] them from the ticket office.
Anne: I (won't cook, will not cook)[cook] dinner for you then!
- Peter: (Will) you (invite)[invite] your friends to the house?
Anne: No, I won't. I ('ll relax, will relax)[relax] in front of the television.
- Peter: Great. Hopefully, I (won't be, will not be)[be] too late this evening.
Anne: Good luck and I ('ll see, will see)[see] you later.
- Peter: (Will) you (collect)[collect] me from the train station?
Anne: Maybe I'll have some wine this evening. Then, I (won't come, will not come)[come] to the station!