French Simple Future

Beginner French - Level A2

Overview

The futur simple (simple future) describes what will happen for predictions and future projects. Form the simple future of regular -er and -ir verbs by taking the infinitive and adding the specific endings. The simple future of regular -re verbs is formed by removing the final -e from the infinitive and adding the endings above. 

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French Simple Future

In A1.2 Module 11, we learned how to conjugate the near future tense. The near future expresses that one is going to do something. The futur simple is another tense that is used to express an action that will happen. The English example sentences below use the simple future tense:

 

I will drink this glass of wine.

One will not predict the future.

They will tell the truth in court.

 

How to Conjugate Regular verbs Simple Future Tense

The simple future tense is rather easy to conjugate. In most cases, or with regular future verbs, you take the infinitive of your verb and add the following endings:

 

Subject

Ending

Example

Meaning

Je

ai

Je regarderai

I will watch

Tu

as

Tu finiras

You will finish

Il/Elle/On

a

Il/Elle/On attendra*

He/She/One will wait

Nous

ons

Nous achèterons

We will buy

Vous

ez

Vous lirez

You will read

Ils/Elles

ont

Ils/Elles tomberont

They will fall

 

*For regular -re verbs (attendre, entendre, suspendre... etc), the -e at the end is dropped before adding the future ending.

Irregular Future Verb Stems

Several verbs in French have a unique stem for the future tense. Below are the most common verb stems that are irregular. Study the meanings of these verbs and their irregular stems in the Quizlet set of this module.

Aller → ir                               

Avoiraur

Être → ser

Faire → fer

Vouloir voudr

Pouvoir pourr

Devoir devr

Courir courr

Mourir mourr

Pleuvoir pleuvr

Falloir faudr

Recevoir → recevr

Savoir saur

Tenir tiendr

Venir viendr

Voir verr

 

Examples:

J’aurai une bonne soirée. I will have a good night out.

Tu seras content demain. You will be happy tomorrow.

Il faudra signer le document. It will be necessary to sign the document.

Nous recevrons de bonnes nouvelles. We will receive some good news.

Vous tiendrez les mains de lenfant. You will hold the hands of the child.

Elles verront larc du ciel après la pluie. They will see the rainbow after the rain.

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Directions: Choose will of the verbs provided in the parenthesis makes the most sense in the sentence, and then conjugate that verb in the futur simple.

 

  • J’ ______ au supermarché demain matin. (aller, parler)
  • Benjamin ________ les résultats dans quelques heures. (être, entendre)
  • Moi et mon amie ________ ensemble pendant le week-end. (voyager, perdre)
  • Monsieur, vous ______ bientôt la vérité. (venir, savoir)
  • Les oiseaux _________ pour l’hiver. (attendre, partir)

Answers and Translation

  • J’irai / I will go to the supermarket tomorrow morning.
  • entendra / Benjamin will hear the results in a couple hours.
  • voyagerons / Me and my friend will travel together during the weekend.
  • saurez / Mister, you will know the truth soon.
  • partiront / The birds will leave for the winter.

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