When to use Le Futur Proche (The Near Future)

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

Sometimes it can be unclear which tense you should use.

For that reason this lesson was created, so that you can better understand when to use Le Futur Proche.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • when to use Le Futur Proche,
  • how to create Le Futur Proche,
  • how Le Futur Proche is used in sentences in French,
  • how 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 how Le Futur Proche fits in French A1 grammar.

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 Create Le Futur Proche

Creating the Le Futur Proche is very easy.

Futur Proche = Aller + Infinitif

The Near Future = To be going to + Infinitive

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.

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

Practice aller conjugation and this tense will become very easy for you!

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.

Anki File for Le Futur Proche

It is important to do the Anki excercises 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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