The Spanish future tense is used to express actions that will happen in the future. It is formed by adding the infinitive form of the verb to the endings -aré, -eré, or -iré.

For example, the verb “hablar” (to speak) becomes “hablaré” (I will speak) in the future tense.

There are two main types of future tense in Spanish: the simple future and the future progressive.

Simple Future

The simple future is used to express actions that will happen at a specific time in the future.

For example, “Mañana iré al cine” (I will go to the movies tomorrow).

Conjugation Chart for the Simple Future:

SubjectVerb EndingExample
yo-aréhablaré
-aráshablarás
usted-aráhablará
él/ella/ustedhablará
nosotros/as-emoshablaremos
vosotros/as-éishablaréis
ellos/ellas/ustedes-ánhablarán

Future Progressive:

The future progressive is used to express actions that will be in progress at a specific time in the future. For example, “A las 5 de la tarde estaré estudiando” (I will be studying at 5 o’clock in the afternoon).

Conjugation Chart for the Future Progressive:

SubjectVerb EndingExample
yoestaré
-ásestarás
ustedestará
él/ella/ustedestará
nosotros/as-emosestaremos
vosotros/as-éisestaréis
ellos/ellas/ustedes-ánestarán

Other Ways to Express the Future

In addition to the simple future and future progressive, there are a few other ways to express the future in Spanish. These include:

Ir a + infinitive: This is used to express plans or intentions. 

For example, “Voy a ir al parque mañana” (I am going to go to the park tomorrow).

Haber que + infinitive: This is used to express obligation or necessity. 

For example, “Habrá que estudiar para el examen” (We will have to study for the exam).

Querer + infinitive: This is used to express hopes and desires. 

For example, “Quiero viajar por el mundo” (I want to travel the world).

Tips for Using the Future Tense

Here are a few tips for using the future tense in Spanish:

  • Pay attention to the context of the sentence to determine which type of future tense to use.
  • Be sure to conjugate the verb correctly according to the subject.
  • Use time expressions to indicate when the future action will take place.

What is Spanish Irregular Future Tense Rules?

The Spanish irregular future tense, unlike the regular future tense which follows a consistent pattern, exhibits unique root changes and verb endings for a specific group of verbs. These irregular verbs deviate from the regular conjugation rules, making them distinct in their formation.

Here’s a comprehensive overview of the Spanish irregular future tense rules:

1. Verbs with Removed ‘e’ or ‘i’

These verbs drop the ‘e’ or ‘i’ from the infinitive form and add the letter ‘d’ before the future tense endings.

Example: Poder (to be able) → Podré (I will be able)

Conjugation Chart:

VerbInfinitiveFuture Tense Conjugation
TenerTenerTendré, Tendrás, Tendrá, Tendremos, Tendréis, Tendrán
ValerValerValdré, Valdrás, Valdrá, Valdremos, Valdréis, Valdrán

                  

2. Verbs with Unique Stem Changes

These verbs undergo distinct stem modifications, replacing their infinitive endings with entirely different stems.

Example: Decir (to say) → Diré (I will say)

Conjugation Chart:

VerbInfinitiveFuture Tense Conjugation
HacerHacerHaré, Harás, Hará, Haremos, Haréis, Harán
PonerPonerPondré, Pondrás, Pondrá, Pondremos, Pondréis, Pondrán
DecirDecirDiré, Dirás, Dirá, Diremos, Diréis, Dirán
CaberCaberCabré, Cabrás, Cabrá, Cabremos, Cabréis, Cabrán

3. Verbs with Removed ‘ce’ or ‘ec’

These verbs shed the ‘ce’ or ‘ec’ from the infinitive form and add the regular future tense endings.

Example: Hacer (to do) → Haré (I will do)

Conjugation Chart:

VerbInfinitiveFuture Tense Conjugation
QuererQuererQuerré, Querrás, Querrá, Queremos, Querréis, Querrán
SaberSaberSabré, Sabrás, Sabrá, Sabremos, Sabréis, Sabrán
SalirSalirSaliré, Saldrás, Saldrá, Saldremos, Saldréis, Saldrán
VenirVenirVendré, Vendrás, Vendrá, Vendremos, Vendréis, Vendrán

What Are the 12 Irregular Verbs in Spanish Future Tense?

Categories of Irregular Future Tense Verbs

Irregular future tense verbs in Spanish fall into three main categories:

Verbs with Removed ‘e’ or ‘i’: These verbs drop the ‘e’ or ‘i’ from the infinitive form and add the letter ‘d’ before the future tense endings.

Example: Poder (to be able) → Podré (I will be able)

Verbs with Unique Stem Changes: These verbs undergo distinct stem modifications, replacing their infinitive endings with entirely different stems.

Example: Decir (to say) → Diré (I will say)

Verbs with Removed ‘ce’ or ‘ec’: These verbs shed the ‘ce’ or ‘ec’ from the infinitive form and add the regular future tense endings.

Example: Hacer (to do) → Haré (I will do)

Conjugation Chart for Irregular Future Tense Verbs

VerbInfinitiveFuture Tense Conjugation
PoderPoderPodré, Podrás, Podrá, Podremos, Podréis, Podrán
QuererQuererQuerré, Querrás, Querrá, Queremos, Querréis, Querrán
SaberSaberSabré, Sabrás, Sabrá, Sabremos, Sabréis, Sabrán
SalirSalirSaliré, Saldrás, Saldrá, Saldremos, Saldréis, Saldrán
TenerTenerTendré, Tendrás, Tendrá, Tendremos, Tendréis, Tendrán
VenirVenirVendré, Vendrás, Vendrá, Vendremos, Vendréis, Vendrán
HacerHacerHaré, Harás, Hará, Haremos, Haréis, Harán
PonerPonerPondré, Pondrás, Pondrá, Pondremos, Pondréis, Pondrán
DecirDecirDiré, Dirás, Dirá, Diremos, Diréis, Dirán
CaberCaberCabré, Cabrás, Cabrá, Cabremos, Cabréis, Cabrán
ValerValerValdré, Valdrás, Valdrá, Valdremos, Valdréis, Valdrán

Examples of Irregular Future Tense Verbs in Sentences:

  1. Mañana podré ir al cine porque terminé mi tarea. (I will be able to go to the movies tomorrow because I finished my homework.)
  2. ¿Qué querrás comer para el almuerzo? (What will you want to eat for lunch?)
  3. No sabré la respuesta hasta mañana. (I will not know the answer until tomorrow.)
  4. A las cinco, saldré a correr con mi amigo. (At five o’clock, I will go running with my friend.)
  5. Tendré que estudiar mucho para el examen de matemáticas. (I will have to study hard for the math exam.)
  6. Vendrás a visitarme el próximo fin de semana? (Will you come to visit me next weekend?)
  7. Haré una tarta de manzana para el postre. (I will make an apple pie for dessert.)
  8. Pondré los libros en el estante. (I will put the books on the shelf.)

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