Future Tense


Regular verbs
All 3 groups (-ar, -er, -ir verbs) have the same endings. These are infinitive + -é, -ás, -á, -emos, -éis, -án
hablar comer vivir
yo hablaré comeré viviré
hablarás comerás vivirás
él, ella, Ud. hablará comerá vivirá
nosotros/as hablaremos comeremos viviremos
vosotros/as hablaréis comeréis viviréis
ellos, ellas, Uds. hablarán comerán vivirán


Irregular Verbs
All irregular verbs have the same endings as above. Only the stem is different.
verb future meaning
decir diré I will say
haber habrá There will be
hacer haré I will do
poder podré I will be able to
poner pondré I will put
querer querré I will wish
saber sabré I will know
salir saldré I will go out
tener tendré I will have
venir vendré I will come
valer valdrá It will be worth


When do you use the Future Tense?
A - To indicate future time, as in English.

La semana próxima volaré a Londres.
Next week I will fly to London.

El martes iré al ayuntamiento.
On Tuesday I'll go to the town hall.

B - To indicate probability in the present time, as in English.

Dónde estará el gato?
Where will the cat be? (i.e. Where do you think the cat will be?)

Qué hora es? Serán las nuevo
What time is it? It'll be 9. (i.e. It'll probably be about 9)


When do you NOT use the Future Tense?
A - Spanish uses the present tense for near future actions:

Lo hago en dos minutos.
I'll do it in a couple of minutes.

B - Use ir + infinitive for immediate future

Paulo dice que va a haber un partido de fútbol mañana.
Paulo says that there's going to be a football match tomorrow


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