Future tense

grammatical tense

Future tense is a verb form which is marked by time (tense).

The future tense is used for actions in a time which has not yet happened. In order to explain and understand future tense, it is useful to imagine time as a line on which the past tense, the present tense and the future are positioned.[1]

Learn Types of Future Tense with Rules:

We have a fantastic table to help us understand the rules for talking about the Future Tense[2]. Check it out:

Tense Type What it Does How to Say it (Formula) Example
Simple Future Tense Talks about things that will happen later. Subject + will/shall + base verb (action word) I will visit Grandma tomorrow.

I shall finish my homework by Friday.

Future Continuous Tense Describes ongoing actions in the future. Subject + will/shall + be + verb + ing They will be celebrating next week.

She shall be at the conference next year.

Future Perfect Tense Talks about things that will finish before a time. Subject + will/shall + have + past participle By next week, I will have finished the job.

They shall have completed the project by year-end.

Future Perfect Continuous Shows actions happening for a while before a time. Subject + will/shall + have been + verb + ing By their arrival, I will have been waiting for an hour.

She will have been working on the project for three months by December.

References change

  1. Sangmeister, Lisa (2009). Past Tense in English: From OE to PDE. GRIN Verlag. p. 11. ISBN 978-3-640-27602-8.
  2. "Learn Future Tense Rules with Definitions and Examples". BengalHelp Network. Retrieved 2023-11-25.