Future Tense (with Examples)
Future TenseThe 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.)
Examples of the Types of Future TenseThe 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||Examples||Uses|
|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.|
A Video SummaryHere is a video summarizing this lesson on the future tense.
More about the Simple Future TenseHere is an infographic summarizing the simple future tense.
Examples of the Simple Future Tense
[base form of the verb]
- 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)
More about the 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.)
More about the 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.)
More about the Future Perfect Progressive TenseHere is an infographic summarizing the future perfect progressive tense.
Examples of the Future Perfect Progressive Tense
"will have been"+
- 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.