English future tense at a glance

Learn the different future tenses in English together with Sprachcaffe. The future tenses are divided into several categories in English grammar, including Going to Future tense, Will Future tense and Future Perfect tense.

On the respective topic pages, you can find out how to form these tenses and in which situations they are used. With our helpful learning tips and practical example sentences, you'll be able to master the different future tenses in English in no time.


Will Future tense - Future I

With the English tense Will Future, you can express predictions, assumptions and promises for the future in a simple and precise way. In our comprehensive explanations, you will get to know this English tense. You will learn how to form the Will Future tense, when to use it and which signal words indicate the Will Future tense.

All this is explained in an easy-to-understand way with the help of numerous English example sentences. These will explain to you as practically as possible how the Will Future tense works in the English language.

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Going-to-Future tense

Here you learn in detail how to form and use the going-to-future tense.

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Going-to-Future tense - Future I

The English tense for expressing future plans is called going-to-future tense. We will explain how to correctly express in English future events that you have planned or intended beforehand. We will explain the formation, use and some signal words of the going-to-future tense on the topic page.

All these explanations are clearly illustrated with the help of English example sentences. So you're guaranteed to master this tense of the English future quickly and be able to talk about your future plans and intentions in English.

Future Perfect Tense - Future II

With the Future Perfect, you can visualise your future achievements now and work towards them. For example, you can say: "By this time next year, I will have completed my English language learning journey. You can use the Future Perfect in English to talk about completed future events.

If you want to understand in detail how to form and use this future form of the English language, then visit our topic page on the Future Perfect tense.

Will Future or Going to Future tense: A Comparison

Both will future and going to future tenses are the two most frequently used future tenses in the English language. So that you can see the difference between these two important tenses of the English future at a glance, we have put together an overview for you in the following table. This will help you to see at a glance the differences between the two future tense tenses in English grammar.

The formation of the two future forms in comparison

  Will Future Goint to Future
Formation Subject + will + Verb in the infinitive Subject + to be + going to + Verb in the infinitive
Formation I will call my mom tonight. I am going to study for my exam.

The use of the two future tenses in comparison

  Will Future Going-to-Future
Point in time Unplanned actions Planned actions
Example I will go to the gym tomorrow I am going to eat dinner tonight.
Assumption Assumptions about future events Assumptions based on evidence or circumstantial evidence.
Example I will be finish my studies next year I am going to finish my studies next year.
Intention Resolution to do something in the future Concrete plans for the future.
Example I will run more next year I am going to run more next year.
Probability Less likely than Going-to-Future More likely than Will Future
Example I will probably finish work at 5pm. I am going to finish work by 5pm.

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