Talking of the Future


In English there is not a proper future tense. When we want to refer to a future situation we can use a variety of ways. The way we use will depend on what we want to express.

Look at the sentences below. Can you say what they have in common?

  • You won’t pass your exams if you don’t start working harder.
  • Will it snow for Christmas?
  • Lunch break today will be 10 minutes longer than usual.
  • In the new year I’m going to stop eating so much junk.
  • Are you going to play basketball after school?
  • I’m not going to watch TV until my science project is finished.
  • Sorry, I can’t stay after school today; Im playing tennis with Jun-Sik.
  • Are you playing football with you friends on Sunday morning?
  • Im not returning home for the holidays.
  • When does the next lesson begin?
  • There’s no need to hurry. The train doesn’t leave for another 30 minutes.
  • She has an appointment with the principal after school today.

Could you say why do we use all these different ways to talk about the future?

Well, to help you a bit we use all these different ways to express the following:

Predictions & Statements of Fact:



Scheduled Events:

Other future forms

Future Continuous: action in progress at a specified time in the future

  • At this time next week I will be sitting in the plane on the way to New York.
  • Don’t call me after 10 o’clock. Ill be sleeping.

Future Perfect: action completed before a certain time in the future

  • You can come at 6 o’clock. I will have done my homework by then.
  • I hope my mother will have finished cooking dinner by the time I get home.

Click on the links below to learn a bit more:

Using English

Talking about the future

Future tenses in English

Future Continuous & Future Perfect


Exercise 1          Exercise 2

Exercise 3          Exercise 4

Exercise 5           Exercise 6