English Simple Future

Overview

Learn how to form the simple future tense with "will" and "going to".

Future

We can also use “will” to talk about something in the future. “Will” is used instead of “to be + going + to”

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Examples:

I will go to school tomorrow.
It will rain tomorrow.
She will call me later today.
We will talk about next week.

We can use “going to” and “will” interchangeably.

Shall

You can say I shall (= I will) and we shall ( = we will) to indicate plans.

  • I shall clean the furniture tomorrow.
  • We shall put away the toys.

Shall is used in questions to ask whether the listener(s) thinks the plans are a good idea. Shall is used with we or I, but not with you/they/he/she/it in questions.

  • Shall we walk there? It’s a nice day.
  • Shall I wash the outside of the windows next?

We use the Simple Future when we talk about something that is going to happen in the future.

To form the simple future with “going to“, we use (I, You, He/She/It, We/You/They), +”to be” + “going to” +a verb in the infinitive.

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Examples:

I am going to go to school tomorrow.
It is going to rain tomorrow.
She is going to call me later today.
We are going to talk about it next week.

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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The CEFR is an international standard used to describe language ability. Here are specific details of the CEFR for this topic.

General Explanation:
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Specific Capabilities at this Level
Writing:
I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
Spoken Production:
I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
Spoken Interaction:
I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I’m trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
Reading:
I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
Listening:
I can recognize familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.