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Future Simple - Uses

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FUTURE SIMPLE
This is a practical oversimplification which will be right most of the time. For more detailed information see Mastery of the Tenses!
Main Uses for the Future Simple
"will do"

For new decisions.
  • It's raining, I'll get my umbrella.
  • I'll answer the phone!
For offers, especially new offers.
  • You look tired, we'll make dinner.
  • Those look heavy, I'll carry them.
For future facts.
  • You'll be 42 next year.
  • This time next week, I'll be on holiday.
For predictions based on opinion.
  • I think David will score first.
  • No one will find my hiding place.
For predictions based on 'facts'.
  • The teacher will be angry, he is always angry when we are late.
  • The spaghetti will be lovely, it always is!
For asking questions when the other person may not know either.
  • Do you think John and Mary will get divorced?
  • What time will it end? Do you know?
Will in IF structures
Used in the Consequence clause when it is probable. NOT IF CLAUSE (generally true - although it is actually possible, see Mastery of the Tenses).
In the Consequence Clause of First Conditionals.
  • I will come if you invite me.
    • NOT if you will invite me
  • If it rains, we will not go out.
    • NOT If it will rain
  • If we work hard, we will finish it.
    • NOT If we will work hard
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What tense do we often use for offers?

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The Future Simple (WILL)

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Those look heavy, I'll carry them.
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This time next week (you’ll be / you are) on holiday.

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This time next week you’ll be on holiday.

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