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Video:Differences Between French Future Tense and Near Future Tense

with Milo De Prieto

In the French language, there are differences between the future and near future tenses. Learn how to use each tense correctly with this helpful French language tutorial video by About.comSee Transcript

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Transcript:Differences Between French Future Tense and Near Future Tense

Bonjour I’m Milo for About.com and today we are talking about the differences between the French future tense and the near future tense.  These tips and more can be found on our French site.  

The Future Tense in French

 In French, the future tense is used when you imagine the future, or when you are making plans. 

  • Quand je serai grand, je serai docteur! When I am a grown up, I will be a doctor! 
  • Pour demain, vous ferez les exercices de la page 40 du livre. For tomorrow, you’ll do the exercises on page 40 from the book. 
  • Je te promets que je serai à l’heure demain! I promise you I’ll be on time tomorrow! 

The Near Future Tense in French

Using near future, when time is not specified in the sentence, you can talk about an event that is about to happen: 

  • Regarde, il va pleuvoir! Look, it’s going to rain! 

The near future is easy to conjugate with the present tense of the Aller verb followed by the infinitive of the verb. 

  • Je vais étudier le portuguais. I am going to study Portuguese. 
  • Audrey va manger une pomme. Audrey is going to eat an apple. 

The Uses of Future and Near Future are Different: 

The Future indicates the timing of an event, or consequences:

  •  Dans deux ans, j’aurai un bébé. In two years, I’ll have a baby. 

The Near Future expresses a change to come: 

  • Je vais avoir un bebe. I am having a baby. 

After Quand (when), Pendant que (while), J’espère que (I hope), we use the future: 

  • Quand je partirai au travail, tu rentreras de l’école. When I leave for work, you will come home from school.
  • Pendant que nous cuisinerons, elle fera ses devoirs. While we are  cooking, she’ll do her homework.
  • J’espère que tout ira bien. I hope everything will be all right.

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