What Is the Future Tense?The future tense is a verb tense used for a future activity or a future state of being. For example:
- I will jump in the lake. (This is a future activity.)
- I will be happy. (This is a future state of being.)
Table of Contents
- The Four Future Tenses Explained
- Simple Future Tense
- Examples of the Simple Future Tense
- Future Progressive Tense
- Examples of the Future Progressive Tense
- Future Perfect Tense
- Examples of the Future Perfect Tense
- Future Perfect Progressive Tense
- Examples of the Future Perfect Progressive Tense
- Interactive Verb Conjugation Tables
- Video Lesson
- Test Time!
The Four Future Tenses ExplainedThe future tense is categorized further depending on whether the action will be in progress or will be completed (called the aspect of a verb). The four future tenses are:
|The 4 Future Tenses
|simple future tense
|The simple future tense is used for an action that will occur in the future.
|future progressive tense
|The future progressive tense is used for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
|future perfect tense
|The future perfect tense is used to describe an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
|future perfect progressive
|The future perfect progressive tense is used for an ongoing action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.
Simple Future TenseHere is an infographic summarizing the simple future tense.
Examples of the Simple Future Tense
- I will play after breakfast.
- Susan will not go to Germany.
- What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. (Greek biographer Plutarch)
- Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. (Author Og Mandino)
- Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. (Physicist Albert Einstein)
- Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. (Robert A Heinlein)
- In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Activist Martin Luther King Jr)
- Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. (Chinese philosophe Confucius) (Have to is known as a modal auxiliary verb. Like must, it is used to express obligation.)
- Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill. (Producer Johnny Carson) (Remember that won't is a contraction of will not and is often used to form the simple future tense.
- I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend. (Singer Freddie Mercury)
Future Progressive TenseHere is an infographic summarizing the future progressive tense.
Examples of the Future Progressive Tense
- I will be playing for an hour.
- Will I be spending too much money if I buy the newer model?
- He will be fighting his way to the boxing championship.
- Always be nice to those younger than you because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
- In September, we will be enjoying all the fruit we planted last March.
- Those who are laughing now will be crying later.
- Soon I will be doing what I love again. (Guitarist Vinnie Vincent)
- I'll be performing at 80 years old. Music is like fashion - it changes. But some things will always be the same. (Singer Toni Braxton) (Remember that I'll is a contraction of I will.)
- Every breath you take. Every move you make. Every bond you break. Every step you take, I'll be watching you. (Singer Sting)
- She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes. (She'll is a contraction of she will.)
- She'll be riding six white horses when she comes.
- The next time you see a spider's web, please pause and look a little closer. You'll be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man. (Biologist Cheryl Hayashi) (You'll is a contraction of you will.)
- In my case, there's no revolving door. I won't be going back to government. (Politician Mary Schapiro) (Won't is a contraction of will not.)
Future Perfect TenseHere is an infographic summarizing the future perfect tense.
Examples of the Future Perfect Tense
- I will have played by breakfast.
- By September, Jenny will have taken over that role.
- Will you have graduated by this time next year?
- I hope that, when I leave this planet, I will have touched a few people in a positive way. (Actor Will Rothhaar)
- The rain will not have stopped before the competition starts.
- You won't have sold a single car by tomorrow if you stay here. (Won't is a contraction of will not.)
Future Perfect Progressive TenseHere is an infographic summarizing the future perfect progressive tense.
Examples of the Future Perfect Progressive Tense
- I will have been playing for 2 hours by breakfast.
- By the time the boat arrives, they will have been living without proper food for two weeks.
- Shops that will have been running for three or two years by then will have to close down.
- They will have been driving for ten hours by the time they arrive in Scotland.
- If it rains again tomorrow, then it will have been raining for three days.
- He will be agitated when he arrives because he will have been working for ten hours.
- When you are promoted next year, how long will you have been working on the factory floor?
- You will not have been waiting for over an hour when the taxi arrives. That's not true.
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All 4 Past Tenses
|Past Progressive Tense
|Past Perfect Tense
|Past Perfect Progressive Tense
The simple past tense is for a completed activity that happened in the past.
The past progressive tense is for an ongoing activity in the past. Often, it is used to set the scene for another action.
The past perfect tense is for emphasizing that an action was completed before another took place.
The past perfect progressive tense is for showing that an ongoing action in the past has ended.
All 4 Present Tenses
|Present Progressive Tense
|Present Perfect Tense
|Present Perfect Progressive Tense
The simple present tense is mostly for a fact or a habit.
The present progressive tense is for an ongoing action in the present.
The present perfect tense is for an action that began in the past. (Often, the action continues into the present.)
The present perfect progressive tense is for a continuous activity that began in the past and continues into the present (or finished very recently).
All 4 Future Tenses
|Future Progressive Tense
|Future Perfect Tense
|Future Perfect Progressive Tense
The simple future tense is for an action that will occur in the future.
The future progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
The future perfect tense is for an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
The future perfect progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.