Future Tense Exercises (With Printable PDF)

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Candace Osmond

Candace Osmond studied Advanced Writing & Editing Essentials at MHC. She’s been an International and USA TODAY Bestselling Author for over a decade. And she’s worked as an Editor for several mid-sized publications. Candace has a keen eye for content editing and a high degree of expertise in Fiction.

Learn what the future tense means and its four forms in English. Once you’ve mastered this verb tense, answer the three-part quiz I made to check your understanding.

What Is the Future Tense?

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The future tense is used to express actions that will occur. For example:

  • I will stay at home next week.

This sentence indicates a future activity.

  • She will be happy.

This example shows a future condition or state of being happy.

But these examples are only in the simple future tense. There are three other forms of the future tense.

  • Future progressive: These are actions that will be ongoing at one point in the future.

I will be staying in Los Angeles for two weeks.

  • Future perfect: These are actions that will be finished before another future event.

I will have left Los Angeles by the time you arrive.

  • Future perfect progressive: These are ongoing actions to be finished at a specific future time.

I will have been working in Los Angeles as a consultant for two years.

Future Tense Exercise #1

Future Tense Exercise #1

Choose the letter of the correct answer.

Can the future perfect progressive sentences not show a specific time in the future?
Which of the following sentences is in the simple future tense?
Which future form expresses actions that will be ongoing in the future?
Which future form expresses ongoing actions to be finished at a specific time in the future?
If the speaker wants to emphasize that an action will be completed/finished in the future, which future form should be used?
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Future Tense Exercise #2

Future Tense Exercise #2

Write the simple future, future progressive, future perfect, and future perfect progressive forms of the given verb.
For example:
Ride
Simple future: Will ride
Future progressive: Will be riding
Future perfect: Will have ridden
Future perfect progressive: Will have been riding

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Future Tense Exercise #3

Future Tense Exercise #3

Choose the correct future form of the verb within the parenthesis.
Example: I _________ (work) in the company for three years by the time you retire.
Answer: will have been working

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Summarizing the Future Tense

The future tense expresses an action that has not happened yet. Its four forms include the simple future, future progressive, future perfect, and future perfect progressive.

I hope these three exercises challenged your understanding of the topic. Practice using the future tense in your statements to form grammatically correct sentences.

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