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Future simple

will/shall + infinitive



  • We use the future simple to express a promise.

They will allow you to go through.

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, 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.


  • Note that, 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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