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Future simple

Future simple construction: will/shall + infinitive.

Example verb: to do

I will do  We will do
You will doYou (guys) will do
He/she/it will do  They will do

We use the future simple to express a promise

  • They will allow you to go through it.
  • He shall be present tomorrow at the meeting.
  • will do my best.

We use the future simple to express a prediction about the future

  • His birthday will bring much happiness to the people.
  • Next year will be a great surprise.
  • I don’t know what will happen if it doesn’t succeed.

The future simple is used to express a voluntary action at the moment of speaking

Usually, it is used for a spontaneous decision right at the moment as we’re making it.

  • Can you help me, please? Yes, I will help you right this instant.
  • Could you send me the check, please? Yes, I will send it now.
  • He shall prepare your lunch sir.
  • He will make the order.

There are many similarities between will and the ‘be going to’ form

For instance, both can mean ‘an intention’, or ‘a prediction’. 

An intention:

  • ‘I am going on vacation in March’. or ‘I will go on vacation in March’.

A Prediction:

  • ‘I think this man is going to be the next president’. or ‘I think this man will be the next president’. 

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