Learn to Speak English Easily: Use of Future Tense

Learn to speak English easily through TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed to facilitate self-learning. It is organised into units to help you learn step by step in a simple and systematic way. You should go through all the units and do the exercises to be able to speak fluently. To know more you can read: How to Use the Course Content?

In the previous unit you have learnt the Use of Past Tense. You will learn the ‘Use of Future Tense’ in this unit.

The Future Tense has three forms: Future Simple Tense, Future Continuous Tense and Future Perfect Tense.

Future Simple Tense

We use Future Simple Tense for an action that is to take place in the future.  We use it to predict an event or action which we believe will happen in the future. It can be formed with:

will/shall + Base form of the verb

I will come.        
We shall speak the truth.
India will become a super power.

Use of Future Simple Tense

  • To talk about two actions we use Future Simple with Present Simple using ‘if’.

I will take the class if you ask me.
I shall come with you to market if my mother permits me.
I will answer your question if you want me to.

Future Continuous Tense

We use Future Continuous Tense for an action that will be continuous in the future. It is formed with:

will/shall + be + present simple + ing 

I will be playing cricket in the evening.
He will be sleeping at night.          
They will be attending a party on Monday.

Use of Future Continuous Tense

  • To talk about future plans, arrangements and intentions.

I am going to buy a new car.
I am planning to visit my grandmother.
They are going to win the match.

Future Perfect Tense

We use Future Perfect Tense for an action that will be completed in the future. It is formed with:

will/shall + have + past participle

I will have finished my work by tomorrow.
He shall have learnt driving by next month.
They will have written their exam by the end of the year.

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