Grammar: the future
Intermediate level (B1/B2)
Many English language learners think ‘will’ is the future tense and every time you talk about the future you need to use ‘will’. This seems to be taught in a lot of foreign schools.
Well, of course we do use ‘will’ but English has many ways of referring to future time and using the verb ‘will’ is only one of them. In fact, on most occasions, we probably don’t use ‘will’ when we refer to future time. Think about these good sentences:
She’s going to change her job because she isn’t happy.
The train leaves at 10 o’clock and one returns at 3.30.
I hope you have a great time on your honeymoon.
We’re moving house next week. It’s going to be a very busy time.
I expect to be at the party but if I don’t make it, say hello from me.
I‘m warning you that I’m about to get very angry.
Don’t forget to text me when you have a moment.
Come on don’t worry so much. Try to be positive. You can do it!
What do you think now?
Finally, if you do use ‘will’ in spoken English, you should normally use a contraction such as I’ll, he’ll, they’ll, it’ll, there’ll etc.