How to Use the Simple Future Tense: New Semesters
For a lot of countries around the world, the month of September is the beginning of a new school term.
When talking about plans for new beginnings, we use the future tense.
The simple future tense has two different forms: "will" and " to be going to."
"Will" often suggests that someone will do something voluntarily. This is a useful verb to know when you are starting a new college and need help when you first arrive.
- I will sign up for the sports club.
- Will you show me where the library is?
- They will do their homework after football practice.
“Will” can also be used in promises.
- I promise I will call you when I arrive at my dorm.
- Mary said she will be your study partner for the project
- My teacher said he will give me a tour of the campus.
To be going to
"To be going to” expresses that something is a set plan for the future.
- Emma is going to begin medical school next year.
- I am going to KIC Portland next year to study English.
- Teachers are going to have one-to-one tutorials with us.
Both "will" and "to be going to" can be used when an assumption or guess is made.
- I think this is going to be a great class!
- I'm guessing Jon will be voted class president.
Are you starting a new term this September? We'd love to hear about your future plans!