How to form the future tense in English? Simple!

Forming the future tense in English is actually a really easy thing to do if you are just aware of one simple rule. 1 pattern that will apply to all verbs in the English language. The first method will explain you the most simple, straight forward way to form the future tense in English. Additionally we have added two different ways to conjugate the future tense for the more advanced English speakers amongst us.

Either way it is super easy to conjugate in English when you are aware of the simple patterns that play a part here.

Method 1: for beginners

Here is the most common way to form the future tense:

Subject pronoun (I, you, he, we, you, they) + will + the verb / infinitive

It is pretty straight forward.

Let’s go over some examples:

  • I will go to the market tomorrow.
  • We will visit the family next month.
  • They will study for the exam this weekend.
  • He will cook dinner tonight.
  • You will want to be there.
  • She will sharpen the pencil for you.

Method 2: for intermediate and advances English speakers

There is a second method to form a future tense. However it is not as commonly used as method 1.

In this case we are going to be using the future tense of the verb “be” and the participle. Which makes the conjugation rule:

Subject pronoun (I, you, he, we, you, they) + will be + the verb + ing

Lets look at some examples where we put this rule to good use.

  • I will be working from home tomorrow.
  • We will be hoping for sunshine next week.
  • She will be running in the marathon this weekend.
  • They will be matching our offer.
  • You will be walking the line with me.
  • I will be talking about this theme in my presentation.

Method 3: for intermediate and advances English speakers

The third method is also super simple to use, just like the previous two.

In this case we will be using the present tense of “be” and adding on some words. This is the formula to form the it:

Subject pronoun (I, you, he, we, you, they) + am, are or is + going to + verb

Let’s look at some examples

  • I am going to cook dinner for you.
  • She is going to travel all over Australia.
  • You are going to say it to her.
  • We are going to make spaghetti
  • They are going to think we are crazy.
  • You are going to be wet.

Interested in learning all the essential tenses and verbs in English. Check out the English conjugation blueprint.

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