Top Ten Tips – French Futur Simple Tense

The French futur simple tense is used to express actions or events that will happen in the future.  It is typically used when discussing plans, predictions, intentions, or possibilities.   

Future actions: Use the futur simple to talk about actions that will occur in the future, regardless of the time frame.

  • Je partirai demain.
  • I will leave tomorrow.

Regular verbs: For regular verbs, the futur simple is formed by adding specific endings to the infinitive form of the verb.

  • Je parlerai.
  • I will speak.

Irregular verbs: Some verbs have irregular stems in the futur simple tense. It is essential to memorize these irregularities.

  • Aller → J’irai
  • I will go

Expressing intentions: The futur simple is used to express intentions or plans for the future.

  • Je finirai mes devoirs ce soir.
  • I will finish my homework tonight.

Expressing predictions: Use the futur simple to make predictions about future events or situations.

  • Faire → Il fera beau demain.
  • The weather will be nice tomorrow.

Hypothetical situations: The futur simple is also used to express hypothetical or imagined situations in the future.

  • Si j’ai de l’argent, j’achèterai une nouvelle voiture.
  • If I have money, I will buy a new car.

Si clauses: In si clauses, the futur simple is used in the main clause to express a future consequence.

  • Si tu étudies, tu réussiras.
  • If you study, you will succeed.

Time expressions: The futur simple tense is often accompanied by time expressions that indicate a future time frame, such as demain (tomorrow), l’année prochaine (next year), etc.

  • Nous partirons en vacances l’été prochain.
  • We will go on vacation next summer.

Indirect speech: When reporting someone’s future statements or intentions, the futur simple is used in indirect speech.accompanied by time expressions that indicate a future time frame, such as demain (tomorrow), l’année prochaine (next year), etc.

  • Il a dit qu’il viendra demain.
  • He said he will come tomorrow.

Avoiding ambiguity: The futur simple can be used to clarify future actions when other tenses might lead to ambiguity.

  • J’arriverai à 10 heures précises.
  • I will arrive at exactly 10 o’clock.

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