Future simple

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Like the present and the past,the simple future tense consists of four types-the simple future tense,the future progressive or continuous'the future perfect and the future perfect progressive

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By the end of the lesson, the learners will be able to:
  1. understand the simple future tense,
  2. identify sentences in the simple future tense,and
  3. construct sentences in the simple future tense

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The simple future tense expresses an action or condition that will occur in the future.In other words, we use this tense to express an action or condition that will take place after the present.To construct a sentence in the simple future tense,we use will or shall together with the base form of the verb or the infinitive.For example;

  1. They will pass the exam.
  2. Musu will do the home work.
  3. We shall buy the books.

The actions expressed in the above examples are yet to take place. We can also express simple futurity without the use of "will" or "shall";the phrases "going to " and "about to" can be used together with the present forms of the verb "Be" and the base form of the verb to express the simple future tense.Let us look at the few examples below.

  1. John is going to visit the library.
  2. Our teachers are going to buy a car.
  3. Mr Sowa is about to start the lesson.
  4. we are about to start the exams.

In the above examples,all the actions expressed are yet to take place

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The simple future tense expresses an action or condition that is yet to take place.The common way we can express the simple future tense is by using "will" or "shall",but we can also use "going to" or "about to"

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Write ten sentences about an important event in the future.Remember to vary the ways you express future time.

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For more information read "Writing Skills" by Joseph Palmer.

Msowah 15:32, 26 February 2007 (CET)