Verbs future tense – Simple English grammar
In this post, we’ll learn how to use English verbs in their future tense. There are 2 common ways to talk about future action. Watch the video at the end of the post. This will help review the grammar and improve your English listening skills.
I’ll play tennis tomorrow.
*I’ll is a contraction of ‘I will.’ Contractions are often used in spoken English.
I’m playing tennis tomorrow.
They are saying the same thing, but there is a small nuance that determines if we use I will or I am doing in natural English.
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nuance noun a very slight difference that is hard to notice.“A great chef is aware of every nuance of flavor in their food.”
There is a small difference between these 2 examples that is hard to see. Can you find it?
② In the second example, Henry asked Kevin yesterday if he could help him move, and Kevin said ‘yes.’ Kevin has already decided to help, this is a planned activity.
If a future action has just been decided at the time of speaking we use “I will.”
If a future action has already been decided or planned we use “I am doing.”
It’s common to use will after the phrase “I think…”
The negative form – won’t – is also common when we promise NOT to do something in the future.
When you ask someone to do something will is the natural fit.
And when you ask someone about a future situation.
② I am doing…
The grammar going to (verb) is also natural in English.
We were going to play hockey on Saturday but the arena is closed for repairs.
Watch the video below to review the grammar and improve your English listening skills.
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