Below are the uses of future tenses:
1. To predict a future event:
- Ms Irene will get discharged tomorrow.
- It will rain tomorrow.
2. With I or We, to express a spontaneous decision:
- I will consult Dr Smith.
- We will postpone the meeting.
- I’ll pay for the tickets by credit card.
3. To express willingness:
- I will contact your GP for you, Mr Joe.
- I’ll do the washing-up.
- He’ll carry your bag for you.
4. In the negative form, to express unwillingness:
- The baby won’t eat his soup.
- I won’t leave until I’ve seen the manager!
5. With I in the interrogative form using “shall”, to make an offer:
- Shall I refer Ms Eva to Dr Joe?
- Shall I open the window?
6. With we in the interrogative form using “shall”, to make a suggestion:
- Shall we proceed to the surgery?
- Shall we go to the cinema tonight?
7. With I in the interrogative form using “shall”, to ask for advice or instructions:
- What shall I tell the boss about this money?
8. With you, to give orders:
- You will do exactly as I say.
9. With you in the interrogative form, to give an invitation:
- Will you raise your head, a bit?
- Will you permit me to feel your pulse?
- Will you come to the dance with me?
- Will you marry me?
Note: In modern English will is preferred to shall. Shall is mainly used with I and we to make an offer or suggestion, or to ask for advice (see examples above). With the other persons (you, he, she, they) shall is only used in literary or poetic situations.
- I _____ you if you allow me to.
- Mr Joe ______ discharged tomorrow.
- _____ I ask your wife to come in?
- I will inform you when the medicine _____ available.
- Mr Sherok _____ discharged by 10 am. It is already 8 am.