Spanish Lesson 11: The Future Tense


Following on from our previous unit about the verb IR meaning TO GO we are going to learn one of the simplest tenses in Spanish, the future tense.

To form the future tense, simply get the chosen form of the verb TO GO and put an infinitive after it.
N.B. The infinitive is the dictionary form. It literally means To… for example TO EAT or TO DRINK. If you look at Spanish Vocabulary 3: Verbs you will see a whole list of them.

IR – TO GO
Voy a – I am going to
Vas a – You are going to
Va a – He/she/it is going to
Vamos a – We are going to
Vais a – You are going to (plural)
Van a – They are going to

There is another way of saying this, but this way is more popular in the spoken language and slightly easier to learn at this point.

Now just put any verb (doing word) after these forms. The verb should always end in either -ar / -er or -ir. More on why this is in a later unit.

Voy a comer – I am going to eat
Vas a comer – You are going to eat
Va a comer – He/she/it is going to eat
Vamos a comer – We are going to eat
Vais a comer – You are going to eat (plural)
Van a comer – They are going to eat

Translate the following. Answers at the bottom so don’t scroll down too far just yet.

1) I am going to run =
2) You are going to sail =
3) He is going to walk =
4) She is going to have breakfast =
5) It is going to arrive =
6) We are going to read =
7) You are going to write(plural) =
8 ) They are going to be (permanent) =
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1) I am going to run = Voy a correr
2) You are going to sail = Vas a navegar
3) He is going to walk = Va a andar / Va a caminar
4) She is going to have breakfast = Va a desayunar
5) It is going to arrive = Va a llegar
6) We are going to read = Vamos a leer
7) You are going to write(plural) = Vais a escribir
8 ) They are going to be (permanent) = Van a ser

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