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Concept: Future Tense

What is Future Tense?

  1. The future tense is used to refer to actions or states that begin in the future and will be ended in the future.
  2. The events or actions have not happened yet. but will happen in future
  3. The actions in the sentences say that you will not do anything at present but will happen in the future or do it anytime in the future.
  4. When we refer to things that will happen in the future it is called future tense.
  5. It refers to a future activity that will be done in the future or future state of being.


  6. Often future tense is used to predict or guess about the future. this can be a confident (sure) prediction or uncertain at times (not sure).



Usage of the Future Tense.

The future tense is used in the following situations:

  1. Use the future tense to ask questions in the future.


    1. Will she pass the exam?
    2. Will she get a gift on Christmas?
  2. Use the future tense to use factual statements in the future.


    1. The General Elections will be held in the next year.
    2. The bag is expensive, it will cost us more money.
  3. We use a simple future to consider future possibilities or conditions.


    1. If I fail, there will be no video games for me.
    2. She will go for a party only if her sister comes with her.
  4. The future tense does not become complicated when we want to make it negative.Just add not after the word will to make it negative.


    1. I will not join the team.
    2. He will not eat vegetables.
  5. The future tense is also used to make a prediction or give a warning:


    1. Don’t eat that. You will get sick.
    2. If you don’t finish the homework, the picnic will be cancelled.

How to Form or Identify the Future Tense?

  • To form a future tense all you need to add is ‘will’ before the verb. For example, the future tense of sing is will sing .in this form the subject remains the same (singular or plural).
  • It also stays the same no matter which person (first, second or third)
Subject Will/Won’t Verb Rest of the Sentence
I Will Open The door
You Will Finish Before me
He Will Be At school tomorrow
She Will Help You
It Will Be There tomorrow
They Will Do Their homework

Use of shall

  • Sometimes the word ‘shall’ is used instead of the word ‘will’.


    1. They shall move to a new house next year.
    2. Shall we sing together?

List of words with their Future Tense

Present  Past  Future 
Accept  Accepted  Will accept 
Act  Acted  Will act 
Argue  Argued  Will argue 
Put  Put  Will put 
Quit  Quit  Will quit 
Say  Said  Will say 
Lay  Laid  Will lay 
Is  was Will 
Are  were Will 
Am  was Will 

Common Mistakes

  1. If the action is decided at the point of speaking, we should use ‘will’.


    a)Someone’s on door, I am going to open it.
    b)Someone’s on door, I will open it.

  2. When we say what we think or expect we use ‘will’.


    a)I am sure he is going to come early.
    b)I am sure he will come early.

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