Lesson 16 – The Future Tense

Leçon 16 – The Future Tense – Le Futur

The future tense in French expresses an action that will take place in the future. For example: I will sing, he will eat.

Future tense of a regular verb is formed by adding the following endings to the infinitive:

-ai, -as, -a, -ons, -ez, -ont

Example:

Parler

  • je parlerai
  • tu parleras
  • il/elle/on parlera
  • nous parlerons
  • vous parlerez
  • ils/elles parleront

Finir

  • je finirai
  • tu finiras
  • il/elle/on finira
  • nous finirons
  • vous finirez
  • ils/elles finiront

Note: Verbs whose infinitive ends in -re drop the final e before the future tense ending.

Rendre

  • je rendrai
  • tu rendras
  • il/elle/on rendra
  • nous rendrons
  • vous rendrez
  • ils/elles rendront

 

Some verbs have an irregular stem in the future tense. The endings are regular in every case.

  • être – je serai
  • faire – je ferai
  • aller – j’irai
  • avoir – j’aurai
  • savoir – je saurai
  • tenir – je tiendrai
  • venir – je viendrai
  • vouloir – je voudrai
  • acquérir – j’acquérrai
  • courir – je courrai
  • envoyer – j’enverrai
  • mourir – je mourrai
  • pouvoir – je pourrai
  • voir – je verrai
  • devoir – je devrai
  • recevoir – je recevrai
  • décevoir – je décevrai
  • pleuvoir – il pleuvra

 

Here are some related verbs that have the same irregularities in their stems:

  • devenir – je deviendrai
  • revenir – je reviendrai

 

The future of il faut is il faudra. The future of il y a is il y aura.

 

Verbs that change a mute e in the present tense (ex: acheter) also change the e to è in all forms of the future tense.

  • acheter – j’achèterai
  • amener – j’amènerai

 

Verbs that double their final consonant before a mute e in the present tense (ex: appeler) will still also have a double consonant in the future tense.

  • appeler – j’appellerai
  • jeter – je jetterai

 

Verbs such as espérer and préférer keep the é in the future tense.

  • espérer – j’espérerai
  • préférer – je préféreai

 

Merci à vous !

Courtney

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