The Future Tense in English

The future tense is a verb tense used for a future activity or a future state of being.

When you are referring to a future, event, or state, use the simple future.

Simple Future

1. SUBJECT + WILL + INFINITIVE (decisions, offers, promises and determinations).

– Joseph will come to Paris next week.

– I´ll send you an e-mail.

– I will go to the beach.

Structure: Person (1st, 2st, 3st) + will + verb (both regular and irregular verbs)

Examples: I will go to the beach, she will ask him out, they will forgive you.

Contractions: I will (I´ll), she will (she´ll), they will (they´ll).

2. SUBJECT + AM / IS / ARE + GOING TO + INFINITIVE (plans, arrangements, intentions, or events that will probably occur).

Paul is going to come to Madrid next month.

I´m playing golf tomorrow.

Structure: Person (1st, 2st, 3st) + (am-is-are) going to + verb

Examples: I am going to buy a new TV.

Contractions: I am (I´m), He is (He´s), They are (They´re).

3. SUBJECT + AM / IS / ARE + ING -present continuous- (planned activities)

Mary is coming to Australia next June.

I will be driving to work tomorrow.

Future Progressive (will be verb + ing)

Future Action occurring for a period of time: I will be playing golf all morning.

Future Event Occurring at a point in time: We will be arriving in Rio de Janeiro at 4:30 am.

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