IELTS Grammar Exercises: Future Forms

August 23, 2021 by Andrea Castro

Welcome back! In this last post of our IELTS Grammar Exercises series, you’ll be able to practice using future forms. As you may already know, there are different ways to talk about the future in English. Each future form suggests a specific intention or attitude towards the future, which is why it is important that you are familiar with the different structures used to talk about future events.

If you would like to do a quick review on future forms before attempting the exercises below, you can find a more in-depth look at the different structures here. If you’re ready to tackle this practice, all you need is a Word document or pen and paper to write down your answers. When you finish, scroll down to the answer key section to check your answers. 

Task 1

Put the sentences in the correct category

Plans and arrangements Spontaneous decisions Predictions and hopes
  1. I’m meeting with my supervisor tomorrow to talk about my new responsibilities.
  2. I think I’ll take a taxi home from here.
  3. They’re going to open a new branch office downtown.
  4. I’m sure I’ll adjust to all the changes quickly.
  5. Experts believe that a lot of primate species will have disappeared from the wild by 2050.

Task 2 

Write the correct future forms using the verbs in brackets ().

  1. We ______________ (get) married this summer. We recently picked the venue. 
  2. This time tomorrow I ______________ (arrive) in Panama City.
  3. The website says the next course ______________ (starts) on October 15th. 
  4. Scientists believe global warming ______________ (affect) other aspects of climate such as rain and snow. 
  5. By the time I’m 30, I ______________ (study) English for 10 years!

Task 3 

Read the paragraph below.

Find five incorrect uses of future forms and correct them. Scientists say deforestation and fires will have been causing the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, to dry out. Experts agree that if deforestation in the area continues on its current path, significant portions of the Amazon will have turn into a savannah by 2035. This phenomenon is going to not only affecting the people and animals in the region, but it could also mean that huge amounts of carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere, affecting climate patterns worldwide. As such, it is evident that urgent action is needed or else we will lost the ‘lungs of the planet’. 

We hope you’ve found our IELTS Grammar Exercises series helpful. Keep making the most of your preparation time by practicing using a variety of more complex grammar structures. Remember that showing a range of grammatical structures is just as important as using these structures accurately in order to achieve a high IELTS score.

ANSWER KEYS

Answer Key for Task 1 

Plans and arrangements Spontaneous decisions Predictions and hopes

1.

3.

2. 

4.

5.

Answer Key for Task 2 

  1. We are getting /going to get married this summer. We recently picked the venue. 
  2. This time tomorrow I will have arrived/will be arriving in Panama City.
  3. The website says the next course starts on October 15th. 
  4. Scientists believe global warming will affect other aspects of climate such as rain and snow. 
  5. By the time I’m 30, I will have been studying English for 10 years!

Answer Key for Task 3 

Scientists say deforestation and fires will cause the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, to dry out. Experts agree that if deforestation in the area continues on its current path, significant portions of the Amazon will have turned into a savannah by 2035. This phenomenon is going to not only affect the people and animals in the region, but it could also mean that huge amounts of carbon dioxide will be emitted into the atmosphere, affecting climate patterns worldwide. As such, it is evident that urgent action is needed or else we will lose the ‘lungs of the planet’. 



Andrea is an experienced English teacher who has worked since 2009 in Costa Rica, Dubai and now Canada. When not working for IELTS, she spends her time with her little girl and her two canine siblings.

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