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Future simple

You will learn to:

  • Use verbs to describe an event which is certain to happen in the future.

    • I will eat dinner.​

    • She will drink beer.

    • We will go to the shops.

  • Use time adverbials:

    • Tomorrow​

    • On Tuesday

    • Next Wednesday

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We will use 'the' for all place names.

"I will go to the cinema."

Future Simple Examples

It is used to describe an event in the future. 

Past

Now

Future

I will eat a hamburger.

Let's look at these verbs before we start. 

We form sentences like this:

Subject + will + present form verb + noun / noun phrase

They will eat fish and chips.

It will go to the park.

I will have a glass of red wine

Contractions

We can contract the subject and the 'will'.

I will = I'll

He will = He'll

She will = She'll

It will = It'll

We will = We'll

They will = They'll

You will = You'll

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Jane will go to the supermarket.

Jane'll go to the bank.

Jane will go to the park.

We can join these sentences using commas (,) and an 'and'.

Jane will go to the supermarket, bank and park

Note that you do not repeat the same words.

Jane will go to the supermarket, the bank and the park

Future Simple Exercises

Here is the family's plan for Sunday. Make some sentences for them.

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Subject + will + present form verb + noun / noun phrase

We will get-up at 7:00am.

We will have breakfast.

We'll go to the train station.

Answer

We went to the museum.

We'll have lunch.

Answer

We'll go to the cinema.

Answer

We will go to the cinema.

Answer

We will go home.

Time - Future

These are some future time adverbials. We can put these at the beginning or end of a sentence.

Time + Subject + will + present form verb + noun / noun phrase

Subject + will + present form verb + noun / noun phrase + time

Future simple example

This is what Tom will do in April.

  • On Thursday Tom will go to the gym

  • Tom will go to the gym on Thursday

  • Next Monday Tom will go to the supermarket.

  • Tom will go to the supermarket next Monday

or

  • This Monday Tom will go to the supermarket

  • Tom will go to the supermarket this Monday

What's the difference with having the time at the beginning or the end?

Subject = I

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Answer

On Friday I'll have a glass of white wine.

When should I use 'this [...]day' or 'next [...]day'?

Subject = We

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Answer

On Saturday we'll have fish and chips for dinner.

Future Simple Examples - negative

We form sentences like this:

Subject + will not + present form verb + noun / noun phrase

They'll not eat fish and chips.

It will not go to the park.

I'll not have a glass of red wine

Saying 'will not' is quite strong. Naturally we say 'won't' - a contraction of will and not

Subject + won't + present form verb + noun / noun phrase

They won't eat fish and chips.

It won't go to the park.

I won't have a glass of red wine

Subject = I

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Answer

I won't go to the cinema next week.

Subject = I

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Answer

I won't have a beer next Thursday.

Future Simple Examples - questions (?)

We form questions like this:

Will + subject + present form verb + noun / noun phrase

 

Will they eat fish and chips?

Will it go to the park?

Will you have a glass of red wine?

On Friday, at work, Jane's friend asks about her plans for Sunday?

Will you go to the cinema?

Yes, we will.

Will you have dinner?

No, we won't.

Will you have lunch?

Yes, we will.

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