When to use Le Futur Proche (The Near Future) [+7 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson, you will learn about when to use Le Futur Proche (the near future).

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • when to use Le Futur Proche
  • how to form Le Futur Proche
  • how Le Futur Proche is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on when to use Le Futur Proche
  • how when to use Le Futur Proche Anki files can be downloaded

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about when to use Le Futur Proche!

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When to use Le Futur Proche

Le futur proche is used to describe an action that will happen in the near future.

You may be wondering what exacly counts as the near future.

Generally it is anything from the present moment until the next day.

Je vais aller au cinéma.

I am going to the cinema.

This example shows that an action is going to happen very quickly.

The example does not indicate a time-frame, but it’s safe to assume that this is going to happen soon.

Je vais aller chez le dentiste demain.

I am going to the dentist tomorrow.

In this case it’s clear that someone is going to the dentist tomorrow.

Both examples show that something is going to happen in the near future.

How To Form Le Futur Proche

subject pronounsaller
jevais
tuvas
il/elle/onva
nousallons
vousallez
ils/ellesvont

Forming the le futur proche is very easy:

  • aller + infinitif

You need to conjugate aller and add the infinitive (full verb) of the verb that you want to use after it.

Elle va lire un livre.

She is going to read a book.

Vous allez rire.

You are going to laugh.

Ils vont voter.

They are going to vote.

You can see in every example that the verb aller is conjugated and the infinitive is used right after it.

This is a very easy tense to use in French and therefore it is also often used instead of the futur simple in speaking.

You will meet the futur simple in B1, so, for now, don’t worry about not knowing what it is!

Example Sentences with Le Futur Proche

The final section of this lesson on when to use Le Futur Proche contains example sentences so you can see how this is used in practice.

Here are some example sentences that show when to use Le Futur Proche in French.

Je vais aller au cinéma.

I am going to the cinema.

Je vais aller chez le dentiste demain.

I am going to the dentist tomorrow.

Qu’est-ce que tu vas manger ?

What are you going to eat?

Elle va lire un livre.

She is going to read a book.

Nous allons voir un film ?

Are we going to watch a film?

Vous allez rire.

You are going to laugh.

Ils vont voter.

They are going to vote.

Quiz Yourself on When to use Le Futur Proche

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Anki File for When to use Le Futur Proche

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Verbs. This only has the verbs for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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