The Future Tenses

Today we have the third part of our English Grammar Tense Cheat Sheets. Make sure you bookmark this page.

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future simple will

When do we use it?

  • future intentions at the moment of speaking
    We’ll collect you from the airport.
  • predictions about the future.
    When I grow up, I’ll be an Astronaut.

future simple going to

When do we use it?

  • future intentions or plans decided before the moment of speaking
    He’s going to move to Australia after he graduates.
  • predictions based on present evidence.
    Now you’ve stopped eating junk food, you’re going to lose weight quickly.

future continuous

When do we use it?

  • future activities in progress as a specific future time.
    At 7:30am tomorrow, I’ll be eating breakfast.

future perfect simple

When do we use it?

  • future actions that will be completed before a specific time.
    She’ll have learnt basic Vietnamese before she moves there next year.

future perfect continuous

When do we use it?

  • future duration activities that will be in progress up to a specific point in the future.
    By the end of August, she’ll have been working from home for 3 years.

Future Tenses Cheat Sheet

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Flashcards aren’t just for kids. They are a fantastic way to learn, test and review new vocabulary – and homemade ones can be made so easily.

Use both sides of the flashcard, one for the word you want to learn and either a picture or the word in your first language. Don’t forget to add the part of speech (noun, adjective, verb …) and syllable stress on the English side.

Practise Questions

  1. How will you celebrate your next birthday? (future simple)
  2. Where will you be tomorrow? (future simple)
  3. What are you going to do with your life? (going to)
  4. Where are you going to go on your next holiday? (going to)
  5. What will you be doing this time next year? (future continuous)
  6. What will you be eating for dinner tonight? (future continuous)
  7. In the future, will you have retired before your country’s retirement age? (future perfect simple)
  8. What will you have done by the time you go to be bed tonight? (future perfect simple)
  9. What will you have been doing by the beginning of 2020? (future perfect continuous)
  10. What will you have been tomorrow morning by lunch? (future perfect continuous)

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