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Future Simple



The future simple tense describes actions that happen in the future.


I will visit my friend Laura tomorrow.
I am going to visit my friend Laura tomorrow.


The future simple:

  • uses will + verb to describe actions decided at the moment of speaking or writing, or actions that are not certain.
    For example: I think I will eat dinner at 6:00 tonight.
  • uses to be going to + verb to describe actions or events already decided now.
    For example: I am going to eat dinner at 6:00 tonight.
  • uses the present continuous to describe planned future actions.
    For example: I am eating dinner at 6:00 tonight.
  • uses the simple present tense to describe scheduled actions.
    For example: The train leaves at 8:45.
  • uses contractions in informal writing and speaking.
    For example: I'm going to go to the meeting tonight.
  • has yes / no question forms.
    For example: "Will you drive to work this morning?"
  • has information question forms.
    For example: "Where are you going to travel this summer?"

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Future Time Expressions