More explanations with examples.
Will is an easy way to make the future tense of a verb, so it’s common among many of the ESL students that I have taught. Just put the word will in front of your verb and now you’re talking about the future. As we saw above will is not always the best choice to talk about the future so be careful. Below are some natural ways we use will.
*In conversation the contraction I’ll, he’ll, she’ll etc. is more common. I have used contractions for the examples in this section.
It’s common to use will after the phrase “I think…”
It’s a nice day today, I think I’ll ride my bike to work.
I think Wendy will be late for the morning meeting, she’s stuck in traffic.
I think she’ll be stuck for at least an hour!
Math is hard, I’ll help you with your homework after dinner.
If you need a hand to pack your things before the moving van comes we’ll come over and help you tonight.
Mom: Can you clean up the dishes after dinner?
Son: Sure, I’ll do it right after dessert.
Daughter: Dad can you come to my school band performance this Friday after work?
Dad: Absolutely! I’ll be there in the front row!
The negative form – won’t – is also common when we promise NOT to do something in the future.
Paul is so rude! We won’t invite him to any more of our parties.
You can trust me, I won’t tell anyone your secret.
Your secret is safe with me.
When you ask someone to do something will is the natural fit.
Will you help me with this?
Will you carry a few of these boxes for me?
And when you ask someone about a future situation.
Will you be there on Sunday?
Will it rain tomorrow?
② I am doing…
As we learned in the first example, I’m doing is used for planned activities, actions we have already decided to take.
I’m watching TV all weekend, it’s been a long week.
I’m going to watch TV for 18 hours straight!
The grammar going to (verb) is also natural in English.
I’m going to watch TV all weekend, it’s been a long week.
Jill’s going to meet her college friend on Saturday.
My wife and I are going to look at houses tonight after work.
We were going to play hockey on Saturday but the arena is closed for repairs.