Use Future Tense in Spanish

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Hello! Welcome to VisiHow and to the series of videos on the Spanish language. In this video, we are going to show you how to use the future tense.

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    The future tense is the simplest tense in Spanish because it is used by adding the same set of endings to every verb.
    It does not matter if it is an "-ar", "-er", or "-ir" verb. We add the same endings all of the time. That makes inflections very easy. We use "nadar" ("to swim") as a main verb. In order to conjugate the verb, we are just going to add endings onto the verb. We are not going to take any endings out. We are not going to do anything to the infinitive (or to the verb). We are just going to add endings onto the verb.
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    • Nadar: to swim;
    • nadaré: I will swim;
      we are adding "é" at the end;
    • nadarás: you will swim (informal);
    • nadará: he, she, you will swim (formal);
    • nadaremos: we will swim;
    • nadaréis: you (plural) will swim;
    • nadarán: they will swim (also, "you" (plural, formal)).
      That is a very simple formula. All we need to do is add one of the endings. So, if we want to say, "Tomorrow, they will swim", then we will just add "án" onto the verb or any other verb. It does not matter what verb it is, we can just add the ending to the verb and change its tense to the future tense. We say, "nadarán", which means "They will swim". We see that "é" is "I", "ás" is "you", "á" is "he", "she", or "you", "emos" is "we", "éis" is "you (plural)", and "án" is "they". So, all we need to do is just add these endings to any verb.
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    We can use these conjugations of for all of the verbs, but we have to remember that some verbs change their root when used in the future tense.
    We have to be careful with that. Here are some examples:
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    • venir: to come;
      • vendré: I will come.
        The ending "é" is the same. The verb "nadar" is not changing with because "nadar" is a regular verb. With "venir" and "vendré", the verb is changing. For the future tense, the ending is always the same: "é" and "ás"; but some verbs change their stem.
    • Poder: to be able to;
      • podra+s: you will be able to.
        Some verbs are irregular, and they change their stem, but the ending is always the same.
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    The other way to talk about the future is to use
    • Ir a: to be going to.
      "Ir" is a verb that means "to go". It is an irregular verb, and using it is like using the English "I will eat" or "I am going to (eat)".
    • Voy: I go.
    • Vas: you go (informal).
    • Va: he or she goes, or you go (formal).
    • Vamos: we go.
    • Váis: you go (plural).
    • Van: they go.
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    This verb is combined with "a" and a verb in infinitive to create the future tense:
    • "voy a quedarme aquí para dos meses" is "I am going to stay here for two months". As in American English, saying that we are going to do something is more concrete than saying that we will do something, which can be more neutral.
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    Now, we can try to conjugate some verbs in the list below into the future tense and create our own sentences.
    • Escuchar: to listen.
    • Leer: to read.
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Follow the same rules from the tutorial and create some sentences using these verbs about the future. Leave them in the comment section below so that you can share them with us. We shall see how you are getting along. Make sure that you check out other videos on the Spanish language. You can find them on the VisiHow site. We'll help you to learn even more about Spanish. This concludes our tutorial on how to use the future tense in the Spanish language. If you have any questions, comments, or queries about this video or about the process that you have witnessed in this video, then please leave them in the comment section below. We shall answer them for you.

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