Let's look now at the future tense. It is important to recognise the future tense and understand how to use it.
The endings for the future tense are: -ai, -as, -a, -ons, -ez, -ont.
These endings are added to the stem of the verb which is the infinitive in this case.
The final -e of -re verbs is dropped before adding the future ending.
|regarder : to watch|
|je regarderai||I will watch|
|tu regarderas||you will watch|
|il/elle regardera||he/she will watch|
|nous regarderons||we will watch|
|vous regarderez||you will watch|
|ils/elles regarderont||they will watch|
|finir : to finish|
|je finirai||I will finish|
|tu finiras||you will finish|
|il/elle finira||he/she will finish|
|nous finirons||we will finish|
|vous finirons||you will finish|
|ils/elles finiront||they will finish|
|vendre : to sell (vendre minus the 'e')|
|je vendrai||I will sell|
|tu vendras||you will sell|
|il/elle vendra||he/she will sell|
|nous vendrons||we will sell|
|vous vendrez||you will sell|
|ils/elles vendront||they will sell|
A good way to remember the endings is that the endings are very similar to the present tense of avoir - j'ai, tu as, il a, nous avons, vous avez, ils ont.
Quite a few verbs are irregular. This means they do not follow the pattern of basing the future stem on the infinitive. Don't be put off by this - remember the endings are always the same but they have irregular stems.
|aller||j'irai||I will go|
|avoir||j'aurai||I will have|
|boire||je boirai||I will drink|
|devoir||je devrai||I will have to|
|être||je serai||I will be|
|faire||je ferai||I will make/do|
|pouvoir||je pourrai||I will be able|
|venir||je viendrai||I will see|
|voir||je verrai||I will see|
|vouloir||je voudrai||I will want|
French is more precise than English. After the word "quand" which means "when", the future tense is used rather than the present (if you're referring to events in the future.)
Remember there are more exercises in the General Writing bite on Future Plans.
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