Future simple tense
|Structure of future simple|
|I will (I'll) be there tomorrow.||I won't (will not) be there.||Will I be there tomorrow?|
|you will, he will, she will, it will, we will, they will||you will not, he will not, she will not, it will not, we will not, they will not||will you?, will he?, will she?, will it?, will we?, will they?|
|Future simple – common mistakes|
|Common mistakes||Correct version||Why?|
|The phone's ringing.
~ OK, I'm going to answer it.
|Ok – I'll answer it.||If the action is decided at the moment of speaking, we mostly use will.|
|I'm sure he is going to help you.||I'm sure he will help you.||When we say what we think or expect, we use will.|
|I won't probably be there.||I probably won't be there.
I'll probably be there.
|The adverbs definitely and probably come before won't, but after will.|
|I promise I'm going to help.||I promise I'll help.||After promise we usually use will, not the 'going to' future.|
|I'll call you when I'll get to my office.||I'll call you when I get to my office.||When we refer to the future in adverbial clauses, we normally use the present simple (after when, as soon as and until).|
|If you will give me your address, I'll send you a postcard.||If you give me your address, I'll send you a postcard.||When we refer to the future in conditional clauses, we usually use the present simple.|
|I can't see you next week – I will return to Paris.||I can't see you next week – I am returning / am going to return to Paris.||For decisions made in the past and for things we have arranged, we use the present continuous or the 'going to' future.|