Tense Review: Future Simple I vs. Future Continuous

Updated: May 24

Future tense forms can be tricky to understand, sometimes. Here are a few reinforcement exercises to help strengthen your understanding.

Future Simple I = will/shall be + verb. Example: I'll be your match. Future Simple II = going to + verb Example: We're going to meet up.. *Note: this does not appear in this music video Future Continuous = will be + verb + -ing Example: I'll be running. Present Simple (for future timetables & schedules) = verb Example: The train leaves at 4:35pm. *Note: this does not appear in this music video Present Continuous (for future arrangements) = verb + -ing Example: We're meeting up today. *Note: this does not appear in this music video

Choose the correct verb forms, either Future Simple I (will/shall be + verb) or Future Continuous (will be + verb + -ing).

A few more songs which show good examples of future forms:

Future Simple I

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) by Meat Loaf

She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

I Will See You In Far Off Places by Morrissey

We Will Not Be Lovers by The Waterboys

Elysium by Bear's Den

5 Years’ Time by Noah And The Whale

Future Simple II

We're Going To Be Friends by Jack Johnson

Going To A Town by Rufus Wainwright

Someday She Is Going To Hit Back by Thin Lizzy

I Think It's Going To Rain Today by Nina Simone

Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1 by My Morning Jacket

What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? by Echo & The Bunnymen

Present Continuous

Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver

She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles

I'm Leaving Now by Johnny Cash

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