Spanish Future Tense – Learn and Practice!

Spanish Future Tense, Learn and Practice with Exercises

Welcome to our grammar lesson about the Spanish Future Tense (“Futuro Simple de Indicativo”).

We use the Future Tense mainly to talk about future actions and events.

This lesson will teach you everything about the Future Tense: how to conjugate verbs and how to use it, providing example sentences.

We will also take a look at another grammar construction called “Futuro Próximo”.

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

Conjugation of verbs in Future Tense

Regular verbs

Conjugating regular verbs in Future Tense is easy:

  • 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 shown in the following table:

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


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

 amarsersentir
yoamaréserésentiré
amarásserássentirás
élamaráserásentirá
nosotrosamaremosseremossentiremos
vosotrosamaréisseréissentiréis
ellosamaránseránsentirán


Irregular verbs

Irregular verbs have the same endings as regular verbs, but the stem has some irregularity.

The following table shows 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 full conjugation of the verb by adding the endings:

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

In general, 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 ten Commandments of Christianity are expressed in Future Tense:

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 Laura quiere, iremos a bailar.
If Laura wants, we will go dancing.


To speculate about current situations

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

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

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

A different future: The Futuro Próximo

Apart from the Future Tense, there is another grammar construction to talk about the future, called Futuro Próximo.

We can use the Futuro Próximo when talking about the near future.

To form the Futuro Próximo, we conjugate 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 going to work a lot.

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

Practice

Let’s practice the Spanish Future Tense with a quiz and some exercises:

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.
Next month, we will start a yoga course.

¿Qué ___ 2.(decir) tú en la reunión?
What will you say at the meeting?

En mis próximas vacaciones, yo ___ 3.(viajar) a México.
On my next vacation, I will travel to Mexico.

En 2030, mis padres ___ 4.(tener) setenta años.
In 2030, my parents will be seventy years old.

Mi amiga Clara ___ 5.(venir) a visitarme el mes que viene.
My friend Clara will come visit me next month.

Vosotros ___ 6.(terminar) el proyecto en junio.
You will finish the project in June.

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 naïve guy. Complete the sentences conjugating the verbs in brackets in Future Tense:

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

In the next few weeks you will meet a very beautiful woman. That woman will marry you in two years. The two of you will live in a beautiful house facing the sea. You will have five children, and all of them will be very handsome and smart.

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

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