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Forming the Future Tense in Spanish

Some people get anxious about the future because it’s unknown and uncertain. When you’re studying Spanish verbs, however, you may get anxious because you don’t know how to form the future tense or use it to describe future events or actions.

The regular future tense is one of the easiest tenses to form. You simply take the entire -ar, -er, or -ir verb in its infinitive form and add the appropriate ending.

Future Verb Endings
Yo
-ás
él/ella/ello/uno
Usted
nosotros/nosotras -emos
vosotros/vosotras -éis
ellos/ellas -án
ustedes -án

All future tense conjugated forms have a written accent mark except the nosotros form.

When conjugating reflexive verbs in the future tense, the reflexive pronoun goes in front of the conjugated verb form.

Here are some examples of the future tense in action:

  • Los muchachos jugarán al fútbol más tarde. (The boys will play soccer later.)

  • Yo prepararé la cena a las seis. (I will prepare dinner at 6 p.m.)

  • Mis padres viajarán a Europa este verano. (My parents will travel to Europe this summer.)

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