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Future simple


Introduction

The future simple tense is used to talk about the future in the following ways: Examples


Sentences using future simple for prediction often begin with "think", for example:

I
You
We
They
think
don't think
He
She
It
thinks
doesn't think


Examples

For "I" and "We", we can use "shall" in place of "will" - it is more formal:
In questions, it is like making a suggestion:
N.B. Do not use "will" to talk about plans or arrangements that you have already decided to do. For these you must use "going to" or present continuous for the future.

Form - future simple positive

We use "will" + the infinitive of the main verb (without "to").

Examples
I
You
He
She
It
We
They
will win the match.
make dinner.
return the money.

Practice

Complete the sentences with the future simple positive form of the verb in brackets:

  • I my homework before I watch television. (finish)
     
  • I don't think they the game. (win)
     
  • "You have missed the bus!" "Don't worry, I a taxi. (take)
     
  • "I'm hungry." "I you a sandwich. (make)
     

Form - future simple negative

To make a negative sentence we use "won't" ("will not") + the infinitive of the main verb (without "to").

Examples

I
You
He
She
It
We
They
won't win the match.
make dinner.
return the money.


Complete the sentences with the future simple negative form of the verb in brackets:

  • The company a profit this year. (report)
     
  • Ana the exam because she hasn't studied. (pass)
     
  • I the director why the report was late. (tell)
     
  • I you any more coffee. It's bad for you. (make)
     

Form - future simple questions

To make a question we put "will" before the subject.

Examples

Will I
you
he
she
it
we
they
win the match?
make dinner?
return the money?


Short answers:

Yes, I
you
he
she
it
we
they
will.
No, won't.

Practice


  • Jake about the exam? (worry)
     
  • you me a sandwich, please? (prepare)
     
  • he upset when he hears the news? (be)
     
  • they the film? (miss)
     

Further practice

Complete the sentences with the correct answer from a, b, c or d:



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