In this article, we’ll dissect the future simple tense in every form and provide some common applications. We’ve included several tables for your reference. And, for a breakdown of verb tenses in every form, visit our Verb Tenses article.
Forming the Future Simple Tense (with Tables)
Quick Reference Table: The Future Simple Tense in All forms
V → Root Verb
The formula for using the future simple tense is: will + verb [root form] OR [am, is, are] + going to + verb [root form].
It’s important to note that the ‘going to’ version of the tense is more casual and wouldn’t be used in formal situations. However, you will hear it often in common speech.
The beauty of the tense is that it doesn’t matter what person you’re speaking in. It also doesn’t matter whether the subject is singular or plural. You always use the root form of the verb.
Making It Negative
To make a future simple verb negative, use this formula: will not/won’t + verb [root form] OR [am, is, are] + not + going to + verb [root form].
Asking a Question
To ask a question in the future simple, use the formula: Will + subject + verb [root form] OR
Am/Is/Are + Subject + going to + verb [root form]
When To Use the Future Simple Tense
This section includes four common uses for the tense with examples for your reference. The will and am/is/are going to constructions could be used almost interchangeably in many situations.
Can you think of other situations where you would use the future simple tense? Leave a comment below!
When describing an action you intend to volunteer for.
When speaking about a promise.
When talking about future plans.
When you want to express a prediction
Understanding the future simple tense will help you communicate effectively and express hopes and desires for the future.