Italian future tense

Italian future tense
Italian future tense

Italian future tense

 

How do we conjugate and use the Italian future tense?  Don’t panic, in this page you will find all the answers you are looking for.

The Italian future tense is conjugated in the following way (below are the three conjugations in Italian – -ARE, -ERE and -IRE):

 

 

 

 

Here are some examples of regular Italian future tense:

  • Sabato prossimo GUARDERO’ la partita con mio fratello. = Next Saturday I will watch the match with my brother.
  • Non CREDERAI alle tue orecchie! = You won’t believe what you will hear!
  • A gennaio Maria PARTIRA’ per gli Stati Uniti. = In January Maria is going to leave for the US.

 

Some verbs are irregular when it comes to Italian future tense:

Here are some examples:

  • L’anno prossimo a quest’ora SAREMO in Francia = Next year at this time we will be in France.
  • I miei amici VORRANNO conoscerti = My friends will want to meet you.

 

To conclude, here are some verbs in -ERE (seconda coniugazione) that lose their -e- when making the Italian future tense:

Some examples:

  • Quando AVRAI 18 anni, POTRAI guidare = When you are 18, you will be able to drive.
  • Dopo l’università, DOVREMO cercare un lavoro = After university, we will have to look for a job.

How do we use the Italian future tense?

Remember then we use Italian future tense less than you could imagine. For instance, look at the following sentences:

  • Domani vado a scuola alle 8. = Tomorrow I am going to work at 8.
  • Domenica facciamo una gita in montagna = On Sunday we are having a trip to the mountains.
  • La settimana prossima faccio una festa = Next week I am having a party.

 

For most future events, especially those nearest in time, we simply use the Present Tense. However, it’s always good for you to know the Italian future tense :) this is why you should download the charts below and have them always with you.

If you have any questions about the Italian future tense, just comment this post :) A presto!

 

Italian future tense

 

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3 comments

  1. So you use the future in “when clauses” that depend upon a future-tense main clause. Like: Quando AVRAI 18 anni, POTRAI guidare.

    But what about “when clauses” that depend upon a main clause that is set in the future, but that manifests as a present indicative + present subjunctive combo?
    Like, would you say:
    “Suggerisco che tu impari a giudare quando AVRAI 18 anni”
    OR
    “Suggerisco che tu impari a giudare quando ABBIA 18 anni”
    or something else?

    • Ciao Charley,

      of the two sentences you wrote, I think the first one is the more natural in Italian. Actually, instead of the future tense you can use a present tense:
      “Suggerisco che tu impari a guidare quando HAI 18 anni”, simply because we don’t use the future so often in Italian.

      QUANDO, therefore, can be followed by either a future tense or a present tense, when referring to a future event.
      Thank you for your comment :) Ciao!

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