Talking about the Future


There are a few different ways in English to indicate that an action will happen in the future. This lesson focuses on the future tense. The future tense in English is created by using the helper verb will before the main verb of the sentence. For example, the future tense of the verb go is will go. To turn the sentence into a question, place the subject of the sentence after will. For example: Will you go?

The following table gives the future tense of the verb go.

I will go
you will go
he will go
she will go
it will go
we will go
they will go


The verb will is very often shortened and combined with the subject of the sentence. The following table shows the contracted forms of the future tense.

I'll go
you'll go
he'll go
she'll go
it'll go
we'll go
they'll go


The cat will run away.
She'll meet us for lunch at 1:00.
I'll make some more coffee.
What'll happen if I press the button?
That will never happen.
That'll be the day.
Will you buy it?
When will it stop raining?
We'll wait for you.