Future Simple Tense
In English the Future Time is expressed in a number of ways. The most common are with will and be going to. See examples from the following sentences.
- I will finish my homework in an hour.
- I’m going to finish my homework in an hour.
With be going to, make sure the verb be agrees with its subject. I’m going to eat a whole watermelon.
- She’s going to eat a whole watermelon.
- Actually, we’re going to eat a whole watermelon together.
In speech, the words going to are often pronounced “ gonna .”
Don’t forget the be verb.
- A: What are you gonna do this weekend?
- B: I’m gonna stay home and clean my carpet.
What’s the difference between will and be going to?
Both can be used interchangeably in some cases. (Predictions and guesses)
- My prints will be here tomorrow.
- My prints are going to be here tomorrow.
Be going to is preferable for strong intentions or for describing the inevitable.
- I’m going to give her a piece of my mind.
- There’s no way they can score 21 points in 2 minutes. We’re going to win!
Will is the preferable form for making offers or expressing pop decisions.
- A: Who will help me finish this chocolate cake?
- B: I will.
- A: I have two tickets left for the front row.
- B: I’ll take them.
Sometimes future time can be expressed with either the present or present progressive tense. In such cases, time words must be expressed or clearly implied.
- I fly to Beijing tomorrow.
- I’m flying to Beijing tomorrow.
- Sorry I can’t attend the picnic on Saturday. I’m flying to Beijing.