|= There are many ways to use verbs in the future tense. In grammar, it is a complicated area because of the many different meanings and uses of the structures. Moreover,it is not easy to explain and describe them clearly.|
1. Will/shall – The most common way of talking or saying about the future.
- I/we shall ( I/we will) + infinitive
a. We will visit our hometown during the weekends.
b. I shall return with good news!
|2. Present forms : I’m leaving , I’m going to leave|
- When talking about future events that have some present reality which have already been planned or said or which we can see are on the way, we use the present forms often.
a. Kanako is going to Hawaii for her 1 month vacation with her boyfriend.
b. I am going to cook fried chicken during his birthday next month.
-Note: Present forms are very common in spoken English because conversations are
often about future events which are already planned or which we can see is going to
3. Simple present
a. The store opens at 9:00 am tomorrow.
b. I’ll visit my cardiologist next week for my annual check-up.
4. Other ways of talking about the future- we can use the future tense when saying that something will be completed, achieved, or finished by a certain time.
a. By next month on the 8th, we will celebrate our 5th year in business.
b. This time tomorrow, I’ll be in Tokyo Disneyland.
5. Future in the past
a. I knew that he will come to the conference today even if he is sick.
b. She did something that was to change her whole life.
6. Subordinate clauses
a. Call me when have time.
b. Ana always follows his boyfriend wherever he goes.