The future progressive tense

Affirmative Negative Question
I shall/will be writing.
She will be writing.
You will be writing.
I shall/will not be writing.
She will not be writing.
You will not be writing.
Shall/will I be writing?
Will she be writing?
Will you be writing?

Use

We use the future progressive to say that an activity will be in progress at a particular moment in the future. Continue reading „The future progressive tense“

The simple future tense

Affirmative Negative Question
I shall/will write.
She will write.
You will write.
I shall/will not write.
She will not write.
You will not write.
Shall/will I write?
Will she write?
Will you write?

British people use I shall/I will and we shall/ we will with no difference of meaning in most situations. However, shall is becoming much less common than will. Shall is not normally used in American English. Continue reading „The simple future tense“

Past verb forms with present or future meaning

A past verb form does not always have a past meaning. Verbs like I had, you went and I was wondering are often used to talk about the present or the future.

after if, unless, supposing etc.

After if, unless and words with similar meanings, we often use past verb forms to refer to the present or the future. Continue reading „Past verb forms with present or future meaning“

Present tenses to talk about the future

When we talk about future events which have already been planned or decided, or which we can see are on the way, we often use present tenses.

The present progressive

The present progressive is used mostly to talk about personal arrangements and fixed plans, especially when the time and place have been decided. Continue reading „Present tenses to talk about the future“