Future tenses exercise: choosing from mixed future tenses

future tenses exerciseComplete the following sentences choosing the correct future tense form for the verb in brackets, and practice lessons learnt in The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide. There are many possible future tense forms to choose from, including simple present, present continuous, will-future, going to-future, will+present perfect, and will+present perfect continuous.

 Future Tenses Exercise

  1. The train __________ (to arrive) at 12:30.
  2. We __________ (to have) dinner at a seaside restaurant on Sunday.
  3. It __________(to snow) in Brighton tomorrow evening.
  4. On Friday at 8 o’clock I __________ (to meet) my friend.
  5. Paul __________ (to fly) to London on Monday morning.
  6. Wait! I __________ (to drive) you to the station.
  7. The English lesson __________ (to start) at 8:45.
  8. Are you still writing your essay? If you __________ (to finish) by 4pm, we can go for a walk.
  9. I __________ (to see) my mother in April.
  10. Look at the clouds – it __________ (to rain) in a few minutes.
  11. When they __________ (to get) married in March, they __________ (to be) together for six years.
  12. You’re carrying too much. I __________ (to open) the door for you.
  13. Do you think the teacher __________ (to mark) our homework by Monday morning?
  14. When I __________ (to see) you tomorrow, I __________ (show) you my new book.
  15. After you __________ (to take) a nap, you __________ (to feel) a lot better
  16. I’m sorry but you need to stay in the office until you __________ (to finish) your work.
  17. I __________ (to buy) the cigarettes from the corner shop when it __________ (to open).
  18. I __________ (to let) you know the second the builders __________ (to finish) decorating.
  19. Before we __________ (to start) our lesson, we __________ (to have) a review.
  20. We __________ (to wait) in the shelter until the bus __________ (to come).
  21. I’m very sorry Dr. Jones __________ (not be) back in the clinic until 2pm.
  22. This summer, I __________ (to live) in Brighton for four years.
  23. I don’t think you __________ (to have) any problems when you land in Boston.
  24. The baby should be due soon, next week she __________ (to be) pregnant for nine months.
  25. By the time we get home, they __________ (to play) football for 30 minutes.
  26. In  three years I __________ (to live) in a different country.
  27. When you __________ (to get) off the train, I __________ (to wait) for you by the ticket machine.
  28. __________ (to take) your children with you to France?
  29. This time next week I __________ (ski) in Switzerland!
  30. Now I __________ (to check) my answers.

Future tenses Exercise Answers

  1. The train arrives at 12:30.
  2. We are going to have dinner at a seaside restaurant on Sunday.
  3. It will snow in Brighton tomorrow evening. (or is going to snow)
  4. On Friday at 8 o’clock I am meeting my friend. (or am going to meet)
  5. Paul is flying to London on Monday morning.
  6. Wait! I will drive you to the station.
  7. The English lesson starts at 8:45.
  8. Are you still writing your essay? If you finish by 4pm, we can go for a walk.
  9. am going to see my mother in April.
  10. Look at the clouds – it is going to rain in a few minutes. (or will rain)
  11. When they get married in March, they will have been together for six years.
  12. You’re carrying too much. I will open the door for you.
  13. Do you think the teacher will have marked our homework by Monday morning?
  14. When I see you tomorrow, I will show you my new book.
  15. After you take a nap, you will feel a lot better. (or have taken)
  16. I’m sorry but you need to stay in the office until you have finished your work. (or finish)
  17. I will buy the cigarettes from the corner shop when it opens.
  18. I will let you know the second the builders have finished decorating. (or finish)
  19. Before we start our lesson, we are going to have a review. (or will have)
  20. We will wait in the shelter until the bus comes.
  21. I’m very sorry Dr. Jones won’t back in the clinic until 2pm.
  22. This summer, I will have been living in Brighton for four years.
  23. I don’t think you will have any problems when you land in Boston. (or are going to have)
  24. The baby should be due soon, next week she will have been pregnant for nine months.
  25. By the time we get home, they will have been playing football for 30 minutes.
  26. In  three years I am going to live in a different country. (or will live)
  27. When you get off the train, I will be waiting for you by the ticket machine.
  28. Are you going to take your children with you to France?
  29. This time next week I will be skiing in Switzerland!
  30. Now I will check my answers. (or am going to)

If you have any questions about the questions or answers, or why certain future tense forms are used, please check out The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide. For more English tenses (and other grammar) exercises, please check out the rest of this site – and I always recommend Murphy’s English Grammar in Use as a comprehensive exercise book.

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