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Sentence Patterns using "When will...?"

We use the word "will" with question words to ask about things in the future. Use these questions to ask about things that have not happened yet. We are asking about the future.

Question Word + will + subject + verb...?
  • What will you do?
  • Where will it be?
  • What will happen?
  • How will you do it?
  • How will she know?
  • What will Bill do this weekend?
  • Where will the meeting be held next year?
  • Who will she go with if you cannot go?
  • What will you do after you eat dinner?
  • What will you do before you go back to school next month?
We need to use the verb "to be" when we are using a noun, adjective, or prepositional phrase. Sometimes, we can end the question with "be".

Question Word + will + subject + be verb....?
  • Why will your boss be angry?
  • Who will be the next president?
  • Who will be the winner?
  • When will you be at home?
  • Where will the show be?
  • When will the movie be?
We can also make questions using a noun after "what" or "which". We can also use "kind of + noun" or "type of + noun".

What/Which + noun + will + verb...?
  • What countries will you visit?
  • What food will you order?
  • What major will she pick?
  • Which coat will you buy?
  • What kind of dog will you get?
  • What kind of job will she try to get?
  • Which kind of coat will she like?
Bonus Tips and Points1. Remember that there are other question patterns that are often used in English. Here are some examples of other common question patterns.
  • How long will it take to drive to the beach?
  • How much money will you spend?
  • How many people will come?
  • How often will you do yoga?
2. It is also important to remember that sometimes the question words "who" and "what" can be the subject. The pattern is different when this is the case.

Who/What + will + verb...?

A) Who will help us?
B) Bill will help us.

A) What will happen?
B) I don't know.

This is also true for "how many + noun".

A) How many people will come?
B) 10 people will come.

Real-World English Conversations

A) What will you do this weekend?
B) I will take a short trip with my family to the lake.

A) What time will you finish work today?
B) I will finish around 9. I have a lot to do.

A) What will you and your brother do while on vacation?
B) We both love museums. So, we will probably visit many museums.

A) What will they name their daughter?
B) They will name her either Emily or Sharon. They haven't decided yet.

A) What will he do during the next holiday?
B) He hopes to travel abroad, but he isn't sure if he will have enough money.

Use these free English lessons to learn the most common sentence patterns in the English language. If you learn these sentences and questions, it will help you speak English well. Study the lessons thoroughly, practice making your own sentences, and come back to review often. If you do these three steps, your English speaking will improve quickly and you will be able to have natural English conversations.

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