How to form the Futur Antérieur [+6 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn about how to form the futur antérieur.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to form the futur antérieur in French
  • how the futur antérieur is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to form the futur antérieur
  • how Anki files can be downloaded on the topic of how to form the futur antérieur

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to form the futur antérieur!

Table of Contents

How to form the Futur Antérieur

avoir/être futur simple
j’/jeaurai / seraiparticip passé
tuauras / serasparticip passé
il/elle/onaura / seraparticip passé
nousaurons / seronsparticip passé
vousaurez / serezparticip passé
ils/ellesauront / serezparticip passé

The 3 Step Method To Forming the Futur Antérieur

In order to form the futur antérieur one must:

  1. Determine whether to use avoir or être
  2. Conjugate avoir/être in the futur simple
  3. Add the particip passé

The verb parler means “to speak” in English.

We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the three step method.

  1. avoir will be used

The lesson on agreement counts here as well.

If it is a verb that you can find in the mnemonic Dr Mrs Vandertramp, or a reflexive verb, then you will use être.

If you cannot find it, or if it is not a reflexive verb, then you will use avoir.

In this case, we cannot find it, and it is not a reflexive verb.

Thus we will use avoir.

  1. aurai

Avoir in the futur simple is aurai.

  1. parlé

The particip passé of parler is parlé.

So when you wish to say “I will have spoken” in French you get:

J’aurai parlé

Example Sentences on How to form the Conditionnel Passé

The final section of this lesson on how to form the futur antérieur is about seeing the futur antérieur in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to form the futur antérieur through examples.


J’aurai vu la pièce.

I will have seen the play.


Elle aura terminé son projet.

She will have completed her project.


D’ici là, un vaccin efficace contre le virus aura été découvert.

By then, an effective vaccine against the virus will have been discovered.


Nous serons allés à la boulangerie.

We will have gone to bakery.


Pensez-vous que vous aurez signé le contrat d’ici là ?

Do you think that you will have signed the contract by then?


Les pirates auront trouvé le trésor.

The pirates will have found the treasure.

Quiz Yourself on How to Form the Futur Antérieur

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 do 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 How to Form the Futur Antérieur

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

By downloading the Anki File for French B2, you can practice every French B2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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