Let's learn how to form the future simple tense with "will" and "shall". We'll learn how to make positive and negative forms, short forms (contractions) and questions.
[Note: Click here to learn how to use "will" and "shall".]
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Forming this tense is.... rather simple. Yay!
That's it! You use the same form for all subjects (I / you / he / she / it / we / you / they).
Also, it's very common to use contractions in spoken English. Why do we use contractions? This enables us to speak more quickly in English.
I will = I'll, you will = you'll, he will = he'll, she will = she'll, we will = we'll, they will = they'll
For the negative, we add "will not" (or won't) for all subject forms. Again, very simple!
For yes or no questions use: Will + subject + infinitive?
For wh- questions use: Wh- question + will + subject + infinitive?
We can also use “shall” to create the future simple tense.
However, we typically only use “shall” with the “I” and “we” forms. We rarely use shall with “you,” “he,” “she,” “it,” and “they”. Click here to learn about when use the “shall” form.
The forms for “shall” are:
Affirmative statements: subject + “shall” + infinitive
Negative statements: subject + shall + not + infinitive
Questions: shall + subject + infinitive ?
Wh- questions: Wh- question shall + subject + infinitive ?
In addition to using "will" and "shall," we can also form the simple future tense using "be going to." To learn more about this, please visit this page.
Click here to learn how to USE the future simple tense.
Future Simple Form