Simple Future

Simple future is used to refer to a later time. Simple future has two forms: "will + verb" and "be verb + going to + verb". They both refer to a specific time in the future.

Simple Future - Will

"Will" usually expresses a promise to do something or a voluntary action. Sentences are formed with "will + verb". You can turn the sentences into negative sentences by placing "not" between "will" and the verb.

  • Audrey will play softball next season.
  • Sophie will take Choir at school next year.
  • will help him tomorrow.
  • They will build the shed this weekend.
  • We will join them on Saturday.
  • Audrey will not play softball next season.
  • Sophie will not take Choir at school next year.
  • will not help him tomorrow.
  • They will not build the shed this weekend.
  • We will not join them on Saturday.

Simple Future - Yes/No Questions with Will

"Will" can also be used in questions.

  • Will Audrey play softball next season?
  • Will Sophie take Choir at school next year?
  • Will you help him tomorrow?
  • Will they build the shed this weekend?
  • Will we join them on Saturday?

Simple Future - Be Verbs + going to

"Be verb + going to" usually expresses a plan to do something. Sentences are formed with "be verb + going to + verb". You can turn sentences into negative sentences by placing "not" between the "be" verb and "going to".

  • Audrey is going to play softball next season.
  • Sophie is going to take Choir at school next year.
  • am going to help him tomorrow.
  • They are going to build the shed this weekend.
  • We are going to join them on Saturday.
  • Audrey is not going to playsoftball next season.
  • Sophie is not going to take Choir at school next year.
  • am not going to help him tomorrow.
  • They are not going to build the shed this weekend.
  • We are not going to join them on Saturday.

Simple Future - Yes/No questions with Be verbs + going to

"Be verb + going to + verb" can also be used in questions.

  • Is Audrey going to play softball next season?
  • Is Sophie going to take Choir at school next year?
  • Are you going to help him tomorrow?
  • Are they going to build the shed this weekend?
  • Are we going to join them on Saturday?

Simple Future - Predictions

Both forms of the simple future tenses can express a prediction about the future.

  • Audrey's softball team will winthe game.
  • Audrey's softball team is going to win the game.
  • She will be the chess champion.
  • She is going to be the chess champion.
  • He will win a Grammy for this song.
  • He is going to win a Grammy for this song.

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