Tenses specify the timeline in which an action has taken place. According to the time frame, it can be divided into three categories: Past, Present, and Future tense. Future tense describes the actions that are scheduled to happen in the future. These events have not occurred yet but are likely to happen in the future. These tenses can also be divided into various classes, and each type has its rule. Educators and learners need to follow the rules while framing sentences using this tense.
Types of future tense
- Simple future tense
Sentence formation rule: Subject+will/shall+V1+object
When describing an action likely to happen in the future, the simple future tense is used. This form of tense is used to describe facts and assurances. A few examples of this tense form include:
- He will play the football match tomorrow.
- She will come to class the following day.
- Future continuous
Sentence formation rule: Subject+will be/shall be+the present participle
It is used to express an action likely to happen in the near future and going to last for a predetermined amount of time. A few examples of this form of tense include the following:
- They will be going shopping tomorrow around this time.
- She will be heading to her hometown tomorrow around 6 pm.
- Future perfect
Sentence formation rule: Subject+will have/shall have+the past participle
This tense form describes an action that will occur at a future date and time. For example, I shall have completed the homework by Sunday night.
- Future perfect continuous
Sentence formation rule: Subject+will have been+V1+the verb’s present participle
It describes the actions that will last until a future date. For example, He will have to walk for half an hour around the lake tomorrow morning.