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Short forms and long forms in the Will future

How to use short/contracted forms with the will-future

We often use short forms of auxiliaries in spoken English. The will-future is formed with the auxiliary will, so short forms are very frequent.

The auxiliary will can only be contracted – ll – when it is followed by an infinitive.

  • Who will help me? – I will.
  • Who’ll help me? – I’ll help

1. Affirmative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, theywill sleepIll sleep
you will sleepyoull sleep
he will sleephell sleep
they will sleeptheyll sleep

2. Negative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, theywill not sleepIll not sleep
won’t sleep
you will not sleepyoull not sleep
I won’t sleep
he will not sleephell not sleep
he won’t sleep
they will not sleeptheyll not sleep
they won’t sleep