I will sing |
The simple future tense is often called will, because we make the simple future tense with the modal auxiliary will.
How do we make the Simple Future Tense?
Thestructure of the simple future tense is:
subject | + | auxiliary verb WILL | + | main verb |
| invariable | | base |
| will | | V1 |
For negative sentences in the simple future tense, weinsert not between the auxiliary verb and main verb. For question sentences, we exchange the subject and auxiliary verb. Look at these example sentences with the simple future tense:
| subject |auxiliary verb | | main verb | |
+ | I | will | | open | the door. |
+ | You | will | | finish | before me. |
- | She | will | not | be | at school tomorrow. |
- | We | will | not | leave| yet. |
? | Will | you | | arrive | on time? |
? | Will | they | | want | dinner? |
When we use the simple future tense in speaking, we often contract the subject and auxiliary verb:
Iwill | I'll |
you will | you'll |
it will | he'll
we will | we'll |
they will | they'll |
For negative sentences in the simple future tense, we contract withwon't, like this:
I will not | I won't |
you will not | you won't |
he will not
she will not
it will not | he won't
it won't |
we will not | we won't |
they will not | theywon't |
How do we use the Simple Future Tense?
We use the simple future tense when there is no plan or decision to do something before we speak. We make the decision spontaneously at the timeof speaking. Look at these examples:
* Hold on. I'll get a pen.
* We will see what we can do to help you.
* Maybe we'll stay in and watch television tonight.
In these examples, we had nofirm plan before speaking. The decision is made at the time of speaking.
We often use the simple future tense with the verb to think before it:
* I think I'll go to the gym tomorrow.