Future Tense (with Examples)

Future Tense (with Examples)

The future tense expresses a future event or a future state of being. For example:
  • I will jump in the lake.
  • (future event)
  • I will be happy.
  • (future state of being)
The tense of a verb is determined by when the action took place. The three main tenses are:

Examples of the Types of Future Tense

The future tense is categorized further depending on whether the action will be in progress or will be completed. The four future tenses are:

The 4 Future TensesExamplesUses
simple future tense
  • I will go.
  • We will celebrate our anniversary by flying to New York.
The simple future tense is used for an action that will occur in the future.
future progressive tense
  • I will be going.
  • The Moscow State Circus will be performing in Cheltenham for the next 3 weeks.
The future progressive tense is used for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
future perfect tense
  • I will have gone.
  • By the time you arrive, we will have finished the meal and the speeches.
The future perfect tense is used to describe an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
future perfect progressive
  • I will have been going.
  • In July next year, you will have been studying for three years.
The future perfect progressive tense is used for an ongoing action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.

Diagrams for the Four Future Tenses

The infographics below show how each future tense is formed and a quick overview of how each one is used:

Simple Future Tense

Here is an infographic summarizing the simple future tense.
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 Tense

Here is an infographic summarizing the future progressive tense.
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 enjoyingall 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 Tense

Here is an infographic summarizing the future perfect tense.
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 graduatated 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 Tense

Here is an infographic summarizing the future perfect progressive tense.
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.

Verb Tense Widget

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See Also

What are verbs? Past tense Present tense Try our drag-and-drop test on verb tenses Tenses Simple past tense Past progressive tense Past perfect tense Past perfect progressive tense Simple present tense Present progressive tense Present perfect tense Present perfect progressive tense Simple future tense Future progressive tense Future perfect tense Future perfect progressive tense Glossary of grammatical terms