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    future tense

    Hello,

    We must use 'simple future tense' when talk about 'promise, sure, think, probably'.


    -I promise I will buy you this toy.

    -I feel a bit hungry. I think I'll have something to eat.

    -I’m sure they’ll help me.

    But I have seen they are used with 'Be Going To'.

    -I am not sure how I am going to handle it, to be honest, and I will just be sitting there.

    -I think I am going to go back to the way I was before.

    What is the difference in there? Why must we use simple future or other while using verb such as 'think, promise, sure'?
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    Re: future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Hello,

    We must use 'simple future tense' when talk about 'promise, sure, think, probably'.


    -I promise I will buy you this toy.

    -I feel a bit hungry. I think I'll have something to eat.

    -I’m sure they’ll help me.

    But I have seen they are used with 'Be Going To'.

    -I am not sure how I am going to handle it, to be honest, and I will just be sitting there.

    -I think I am going to go back to the way I was before.

    What is the difference in there? Why must we use simple future or other while using verb such as 'think, promise, sure'?
    The general rule between forms (will/going to) is that "will" for spontaneous statements and "going to" for planned actions. Google for more detail/exceptions.

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    Re: future tense

    The general rule between forms (will/going to) is that "will" for spontaneous statements and "going to" for planned actions. Google for more detail/exceptions.
    That's a little over-simplified.

    There is no need to google. UsingEnglish.com has a series of articles on grammar topics, including Ways of Expressing the Future in English.

    Incidentally, as the article explains, there is no future tense in English. The construction with 'will + infinitive' is simply one of several ways of expressing the future.

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    Re: future tense

    -Each time I board a plane, I believe that I am going to die.

    I think I is ok. Is that right?

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    Re: future tense

    It's grammatically fine.

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