Future - Will

English Grammar Notes

We normally use WILL to speak about the future. It is always combined with another verb.

Since WILL is classified as a modal verb (like can, would, could, should) it has the same characteristics:

  1. It does not change in the third person (i.e. he, she, it)
  2. It is always combined with another verb in the base form (i.e. without 'to')
  3. We don't use it with 'Do' in questions or negatives.

Examples of Will:

When to use WILL

We use WILL in the following circumstances:

1. For things that we decide to do now. (Rapid Decisions)

This is when you make a decision at that moment, in a spontaneous way.

2. When we think or believe something about the future. (Prediction)

This can be based on personal judgement or opinion.

Notice how you often use "I think..." before the subject + will.

3. To make an offer, a promise or a threat.

4. For a habit that is a predictable behaviour

5. You use WON'T when someone refuses to do something.

Negative Sentences with WILL

In the negative, we add NOT to the end of WILL and not to the main verb. (= will not)



It is possible to use contractions in both positive and negative sentences.

With positive contractions WILL becomes 'LL and is joined to the subject:

I will I'll
You will you'll
He will he'll
She will she'll
It will it'll
We will we'll
You will you'll
They will they'll

With negative contractions, will not becomes won't:

I will not I won't
You will not you won't
He will not he won't
She will not she won't
It will not it won't
We will not we won't
You will not you won't
They will not they won't


To form a question using WILL, we reverse the order of the subject and WILL:

Affirmative He will be here tomorrow.
  Subject WILL Verb
Question Will he be here tomorrow?
  WILL Subject Verb


Will they win the cup?
- Yes, they will.
- No, they won't.

Will you tell him the truth?
- Yes, I will.
- No, I won't.

Will she get angry?
- Yes, she will.
- No, she won't.

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See the difference between Will and Going To.

See our notes about other Modal Verbs.

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