Understanding Will-Future tense: Formation, usage and example sentences

The English will-future tense is one of the most important tenses of the future. So if you want to express predictions, promises or spontaneous decisions in English, you need to understand the will-future. We help you to understand the will future. We give you a rule for forming the will future and show you in detail when to use it.

The formation of the Will Future tense

The English tense will-future follows a rule that you simply have to learn and apply. Fortunately, there are no irregularities that deviate from this rule. Therefore, we recommend that you spend some time studying this rule. Check out the rule for forming the will future tense here:

Subject + will + verb (basic form).

As you can see, to form the will future tense, you need the auxiliary verb "will", as the name suggests. Then you only have to use the basic form of the verb in your sentence and you have already formed the will future tense. For more information, take a look at the following example sentences.

She will start her new job next month.
They will buy a new house in the suburbs.
He will call you later tonight.
We will meet at the coffee shop tomorrow.
I will travel to Japan next year.

The use of the Will future tense

The will-future tense is used in English to mention processes, conditions or actions that are not yet one hundred per cent certain. You also need to use the will future tense to talk about actions that will take place in the near future. So you use the will-future tense when expressing the following situations:

  • Predictions
  • Assumptions
  • Intentions
  • Promises
  • Spontaneous decisions

Since the difference between will-future tense and going-to-future tense is very small and it is easy to confuse these two English tenses of the future, it is important that you understand the use of will-future tense well. So, unlike going-to-future, you use the will-future tense to talk about future events that are not completely certain. It is best to look at the following example sentences in the will-future tense and use them to deepen your understanding of the will-future tense.

Example sentences Usage
I think it will rain tomorrow. Predictions
He will probably be late for the meeting. Assumption
I will study for the exam tomorrow. Intention
I will call you when I get home. Promise
I'm thirsty. I will get a glass of water. Spontanesous Decision

Signal words for the Will future

There are a few signal words that indicate the use of the Will future. However, you should note that many of the signal words below do not only indicate the use of the Will-Future. Because of the similarity to going-to-future, you need to be careful with some of the signal words and always remember that the will-future is always used for not quite sure states in the future.

Signalword example sentences  
Soon They will finish their project soon.
Later He will call you later tonight.
Eventually They will move to a bigger house eventually.
Probably I will probably go to the beach this weekend.
Maybe She will maybe come to the party tonight.
Perhaps I will perhaps take a nap this afternoon.
I think I think I will move to Mexico next year.
I believe I believe they will win the game.