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The Simple Future Tense

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(or future with will)

The simple future tense is very easy to make and is very useful.
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Here's the positive form (it's just 'will' + infinitive):

  • I will meet him later (I'll ..)
  • You will come (you'll..)
  • It will rain tomorrow (it'll)
  • She will be late (she'll..)
  • He will help us later (he'll..)
  • We will get married in September (we'll)
  • They will cook dinner (they'll..)

The short form: 'll is very, very common, and is almost always used when speaking. It's really much more natural to say 'I'll' instead of 'I will'. Here's some help with the pronunciation:

  • I'll meet him later
  • You'll come
  • It'll rain tomorrow
  • She'll be late
  • He'll help us later
  • We'll get married in September
  • They'll cook dinner

Here's an exercise about the positive future with 'will'

Next, here's the negative form (just add 'not' - remember will not = won't):

  • I will not go (I won't ..)
  • You will not be late (you won't ..)
  • It will not snow tomorrow (it won't..)
  • She will not get the job (she won't..)
  • He will not pass the exam (he won't ..)
  • We will not come (we won't..)
  • They will not stop (they won't ..)

Here's an exercise about the negative future simple

Finally, here's the question:

'yes / no' questions:

  • Will I go?
  • Will you come early?
  • Will it be cold?
  • Will she dance?
  • Will he arrive soon?
  • Will we cook?
  • Will they leave?

'wh' questions:

  • Where will I go?
  • Why will you come early?
  • When will it be cold?
  • Who will she dance with?
  • What time will he arrive?
  • What will we cook?
  • When will they leave?

Here's an exercise about the simple future question form