We might want to talk about meetings or events that are “held” at certain times. If you’re not entirely sure what this verb choice means, this article will help you to understand it. We’ll cover all there is to know about “will be held” as a phrase.
What Does “Will Be Held” Mean?
“Will be held” means that something “will be” arranged in the future. In this case, “held” is synonymous with the verb “arrange.” We use it whenever we want to set a time and date for an event or meeting that is coming up at some point.
The key thing to take away from the phrase comes from the tense we use. “Will be held” is known as the future perfect tense.
“Will be” is the future perfect auxiliary verb we use when we try to modify a verb. In this case, the verb is “held” (which is the past participle of “to hold”). These two combinations create the perfect tense.
- Future perfect = Auxiliary verb + past participle
- Future perfect = Will be + held
The future perfect tense refers to an event that is likely to take place in the future. There is almost a guarantee of that event happening as well, which we can ensure based on our present choices and actions.
Examples Of How To Use “Will Be Held” In A Sentence
It might help you to see a few examples of the phrase in action. That should give you a good idea of what to expect from the future perfect tense when it gets used.
- The meeting will be held on the 15th of January, and I expect you all to be there.
- I have arranged it all, and the event will be held in three weeks.
- It will be held on the fourth Thursday in August if you are free!
- The business meeting will be held in the south hall, and you all need to arrive promptly.
- I can say that it will be held in a few days, but I can’t tell you much more than that.
- This money will be held for a few more days, but it must be removed after that.
- The birthday party will be held at my grandparent’s house, and I hope you can all be there.
“Will be held” works whenever we want to show that something has been arranged. It allows us to explain the date, time, or venue based on whatever it is we are arranging with other people.
Is It “Will Be Held” Or “Will Be Hold”?
“Will be held” is correct because we need to use the past participle “held” when using the auxiliary verb “will be.” We cannot use the infinitive form “hold” with any auxiliary verbs because this does not create the future perfect tense that we need.
Auxiliary verbs do wondrous things to other verbs in sentences. However, to get them to their full effect, we need to make sure we use the correct form of “held.”
- Correct: This event will be held in August.
- Incorrect: This party will be hold at my house!
What Is The Difference Between “Will Be Held” And “Will Take Place”?
“Will be held” and “will take place” are synonymous. We use them both to show when an event or meeting has been arranged. It helps us to establish a time, date, or venue based on what we are talking about.
As we mentioned, the two are synonymous. We can see that in the following examples:
- The business meeting will be held in five minutes, and you all need to be there.
- My lunch meeting will take place in five minutes, so I have to rush off now.
As you can see, both examples have almost identical meanings. “Will take place” works when we know the exact time when something is happening, though this isn’t always strictly true. Sometimes, both phrases work with more general timings:
- The meeting will be held in March.
- This will take place in February.
Can “Going To Be Held” And “Will Be Held” Be Used Interchangeably?
“Going to be held” and “will be held” are also interchangeable. We can replace the future auxiliary verb “will be” with the synonymous verb “going to be.” Both work to create the future perfect tense, which is ideal to talk about future bookings or events.
- The meeting is going to be held in five minutes.
- The meeting will be held in five minutes.
Which Preposition Should I Use After “Will Be Held”?
It might help you to know which prepositions come after the phrase. Each preposition has a slightly different meaning, so we’ll separate them to make them easier to follow.
Will Be Held On
“Will be held on” is the phrase we use to set a very specific time for the event. “On” is a preposition associated with specifics, and we use it whenever we know the exact time or date when something will happen (which we then share with others).
- This meeting will be held on Friday.
- It will be held on the 5th of June.
- My birthday party will be held on Saturday.
Will Be Held In
“Will be held in” is the more general phrase compared with “on.” We use it to refer to general times (i.e., a month or week rather than a specific day). It always works to show which venue within a building we might be hosting the event.
- This meeting will be held in March.
- My party will be held in February, but I haven’t decided when yet.
- The event will be held in the hall downstairs.
Will Be Held At
“Will be held at” works to refer to the venue where the event takes place or the specific time. If we are using “at,” we can only refer to a time within a day. If we use it for a venue, it has to refer to the whole building or place we are talking about.
- This meeting will be held at midday.
- My party will be held at my parent’s condo.
- This meeting will be held at half-past four.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.