Spanish Grammar: The Future Tense

Spanish Grammar: The Future Tense

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Spanish Grammar: The Future Tense
la gramática española: el tiempo futuro

  • Actions happening in the definitive future.
  • Conjugate verbs in order to attribute actions to someone/thing.


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You may have already learned the simple way to express the future in Spanish: ir a + infinitive. This is a way to talk about things that are going to happen. It implies that the action is fairly immediate. However in everyday conversation, this construction is used more frequently than the future tense.

To form the future tense of regular verbs, you add the future endings to the infinitive form (you don’t need to drop the [-AR], [-ER], or [-IR] ending)

  HABLAR (to speak) VER (to see) VIVIR (to live) ENDINGS
yo hablaré veré viviré [-é]
hablarás verás vivirás [-ás]
él/ella/usted hablará verá vivirá [-á]
nosotros (as) hablaremos veremos viviremos [-emos]
nosotros (as) hablaréis veréis viviréis [-éis]
ellos/ellas/ustedes hablarán verán vivirán [-án]

There are a few irregular verbs that use a different stem but the same endings as the regular future tense verbs.

decir : [dir-]
to say

haber : [habr-]
to have

hacer : [har-]
to do

poder : [podr-]
to be able to

poner : [pondr-]
to put/place

querer : [querr-]
to want

saber : [sabr-]
to know

salir : [saldr-]
to leave

tener : [tendr-]
to have (possess)

venir : [vendr-]
to come

The future tense is also used to express probability or to speculate about present conditions.


¿Qué vendrá mañana?
What will come tomorrow?
¿Qué hablará?
What will you say?
¿A dónde iremos?
Where will we go?

¿Quién lo tendrá?
Who will have it?

¿Cómo podrás hacerlo?
How will you do it?

¿Cuándo sabré?
When will I know?

¿Por qué vivirás en Rusia?
Why will you live in Russia?

¿Cuántos querrá?
How many will you want?



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