One of the most common ways to talk about the future is with will, for example: I will call you tonight. We often call this the "future simple tense", but technically there are no future tenses in English. In this construction, the word will is a modal auxiliary verb.

Here are the three main ways that we use will to talk about the future.

No plan

We use will when there is no prior plan or decision to do something before we speak. We make the decision at the time of speaking. Look at these examples:

In these examples, we had no firm plan before speaking. The decision was made at the time of speaking.

We often use will with the verb think:


We often use will to make a prediction about the future. Again, there is no firm plan. We are saying what we think will happen. Here are some examples:


The verb be is an exception with will. Even when we have a very firm plan, and we are not speaking spontaneously, we can use will with be. Look at these examples:

The verb be is always exceptional!