Spanish Future Tense – Learn it and Practice!

Spanish Future Tense, Learn and Practice

Welcome to our grammar lesson about the Spanish Future, where we will learn and practice this tense.

The Future of the Indicative Mood (“Futuro Simple del Indicativo”), also called Simple Future, is a verb tense in Spanish. We use it mainly to talk about future actions and events.

In this lesson we will learn how to conjugate and use verbs in Spanish Future Tense, providing example sentences.

We will also take a brief look at the “Futuro Próximo”, a different grammar construction.

At the end you’ll find a Quiz and Exercises for practice.

Conjugation of verbs in Future Tense

Regular Verbs

Conjugating verbs that are regular in Future Tense is easy, because of 2 reasons:

  • It doesn’t matter if the verb’s infinitive ends in “-AR”, “-ER” or “-IR”. The endings are the same for all types!
  • We simply attach the endings at the end of the Infinitive.


The endings are the ones presented in the following table:

PersonEnding
yo
-ás
él
nosotros-emos
vosotros-éis
ellos-án


For example, here are the full conjugations of verbs “amar”, “ser” and “sentir” in Future Tense:

 amarsersentir
yoamaréserésentiré
amarásserássentirás
élamaráserásentirá
nosotrosamaremosseremossentiremos
vosotrosamaréisseréissentiréis
ellosamaránseránsentirán

Irregular Verbs

For verbs that are irregular, the endings are the same as for the regulars, but the stem presents some irregularity.

Here is a list of the most important irregulars. In the middle column we see the irregular stem we need to use in Future Tense, and in the right column the verb fully conjugated by adding the suffixes:

VerbNew stemFull conjugation
decirdir-diré, dirás, dirá, diremos, diréis, dirán
haberhabr-habré, habrás, habrá, habremos, habréis, habrán
hacerhar-haré, harás, hará, haremos, haréis, harán
poderpodr-podré, podrás, podrá, podremos, podréis, podrán
ponerpondr-pondré, pondrás, pondrá, pondremos, pondréis, pondrán
quererquerr-querré, querrás, querrá, querremos, querréis, querrán
sabersabr-sabré, sabrás, sabrá, sabremos, sabréis, sabrán
salirsaldr-saldré, saldrás, saldrá, saldremos, saldréis, saldrán
tenertendr-tendré, tendrás, tendrá, tendremos, tendréis, tendrán
venirvendr-vendré, vendrás, vendrá, vendremos, vendréis, vendrán


Similarities between the Future Tense and the Conditional Tense

The Spanish Future and Conditional Tenses have very similar conjugations. Click here to learn the Conditional Tense.

Except for the endings, everything is the same in these two tenses: they have the same irregular verbs with the same irregular stems.

We invite you to compare them and observe how similar they are.

Uses of the Future Tense

Generally speaking, we use the Future Tense to talk about events or actions that will happen in the future. However, it has some other uses.

Here are its main uses:

Future actions and events

Examples:

El año que viene iré a América.
Next year I’ll go to America.

¿Dónde estarás la semana que viene?
Where will you be next week?

El director dirá algo mañana.
The director will say something tomorrow.

En 2040 tendremos sesenta años.
In 2040 we’ll be sixty years old.

Predictions

¿Crees que el Real Madrid ganará la liga?
Do you think Real Madrid will win the league?

El año que viene conocerás al hombre de tus sueños.
Next year you will meet the man of your dreams.

Presiento que muy pronto ocurrirá algo increíble.
I can feel that very soon something amazing will happen.

Giving commands in an epic or solemn tone

For example, the Commandments of Christianity are expressed in Future Tense in Spanish:

No matarás.
You shall not kill.

No robarás.
You shall not steal.

Conditional statements about the future (“if A happens, then B will happen”)

The condition is expressed in Present Tense, the consequence in Future Tense:

Si encuentro un empleo, compraré una moto.
If I get a job, I will buy a motorcycle.

Si tú vienes, lo pasaremos mejor.
If you come, we’ll have more fun.

Si mis padres me pillan, se enfadarán mucho.
If my parents catch me, they’ll get very angry (“enfadarse” is a Reflexive Verb).

To hypothesize about current situations

This is the strangest use of the Future Tense: we can use it to hypothesize about the present, as shown in the following sentences:

Laura no ha venido. Tendrá algún problema.
Laura hasn’t come. She may have some problem.

¿Dónde estará mi boli?
Where could my pen be?

A different future: The Futuro Próximo with “Ir a” + Infinitive

Apart from the Future Tense, there is another grammar construction called Futuro Próximo, which sounds well when talking about the near future.

We form it by conjugating the verb “ir” in Present Tense, followed by the preposition “a”, and then the Infinitive of the verb expressing the action.

For example, here is the verb “jugar” in Futuro Próximo:

 jugar
yovoy a jugar
vas a jugar
élva a jugar
nosotrosvamos a jugar
vosotrosvais a jugar
ellosvan a jugar

And here are some example sentences in Futuro Próximo:

El mes que viene voy a viajar a Colombia.
Next month I’m going to travel to Colombia.

Mañana vamos a trabajar mucho.
Tomorrow we are gonna work a lot.

¿Cuándo vas a llamar a Laura?
When are you going to call Laura?

Practice the Spanish Future Tense

Quiz

Take this short Quiz about the Future Tense!

Exercise 1

Conjugate the following regular verbs in Future Tense:

yo _________ 1.(ganar)
_________ 2.(perder)
él _________ 3.(vivir)
nosotros _________ 4.(ir)
vosotros _________ 5.(entrar)
ellos _________ 6.(prometer)

Solutions: 1) ganaré 2) pederás 3) vivirá 4) iremos 5) entraréis 6) prometerán


Exercise 2

Conjugate the following irregular verbs in Future Tense:

yo _________ 1.(poner)
_________ 2.(querer)
él _________ 3.(poder)
nosotros _________ 4.(saber)
vosotros _________ 5.(decir)
ellos _________ 6.(venir)

Solutions: 1) pondré 2) querrás 3) podrá 4) sabremos 5) diréis 6) vendrán


Exercise 3

This is an exercise about the first use of the Future Tense that we have learned: talking about future actions and events.

Complete the sentences conjugating the verbs in brackets in Future Tense:

El mes que viene, nosotros ______ 1.(empezar) un curso de yoga.
¿Qué ______ 2.(decir) tú en la reunión?
En mis próximas vacaciones, yo ______ 3.(viajar) por Latinoamérica.
En 2030, mis padres ya ______ 4.(tener) setenta años.
Mis amiga Clara ______ 5.(venir) a visitarme el mes que viene.
Vosotros ______ 6.(terminar) las clases en junio.

Solutions: 1) empezaremos 2) dirás 3) viajaré 4) tendrán 5) vendrá 6) terminaréis


Exercise 4

This is an exercise about the second use of the Future tense that we have learned: making predictions.

A psychic makes the following predictions to a guy. Complete the sentences conjugating the verbs in brackets in Future Tense:

En las próximas semanas _____ 1.(conocer, tú) a una mujer guapísima. Esa mujer _____ 2.(casarse) contigo dentro de dos años. Los dos _____ 5.(vivir, vosotros) en una preciosa casa frente al mar. _____ 3.(tener, vosotros) cinco hijos, y todos ellos _____ 4.(ser) muy guapos e inteligentes.

Solutions: 1) conocerás 2) se casará 3) viviréis 4) Tendréis 5) serán