form and use

  • The train leaves –  simple present: definite future arrangement (timetables, itineraries, etc.)
  • I am working tomorrow – present continuous: an arrangement in the near future, already prepared and/or organised
  • I will work – future simple: neutral future or future facts / instant decision (at the moment of speaking) / prediction based on what we know, think, assume
  • I am going to buy this – to be going to: a future intention, i.e  you have decided to do something in the future / a future prediction based on evidence
  • I will be workingfuture continuous: something will have started before some point in the future and will probably carry on after it / future without intention, i.e. something that will happen in the ordinary course of events.
  • I will have workedfuture perfect: something will be completed before a specific time in the future
  • I will have been workingfuture perfect continuous: an action continuing for a period of time up until a point in the future, the emphasis is on  the length of time

exercises: 4 future forms or more

  • exercise 1: fill in the correct verb form of will, to be going to and the present continuous
  • exercise 2: choose will, to be going to, present continuous or the simple present
  • exercise 3: multiple choice exercise for practising future forms
  • exercise 4: two exercises for practising will, going to, future perfect, present continuous and the simple present
  • exercise 5: multiple choice exercise for practising various future forms (plus explanation (in)correct answer)
  • exercise 6: multiple choice exercise for practising  various future forms (plus explanation (in)correct answer)
  • exercise 7: choose simple present, will, present continuous, and future continuous
  • exercise 8: multiple choice exercise for practising future forms

useful pages

  • exercises for practising the future simple (I will go)
  • exercises for practising will, shall, won’t, shan’t
  • exercises for practising to be going to
  • exercises for practising the future continuous (I will be going)
  • exercises for practising the future perfect (I will have gone)
  • exercises for practising the future perfect continuous (I will have been going)