As you’re well aware of, one of the most difficult aspects of mastering the Spanish language is learning the verbs. In previous posts, we’ve discussed regular present simple verbs, as well as regular past simple verbs, both of which are quite challenging tenses. Today, however, we’d like to take a look at a tense which, in fact, is rather easy — the future simple. After having memorized verb conjugation after verb conjugation, it will come as a welcomed break to study a tense that is essentially completely regular with very few exceptions. All you have to do is learn the endings and the few exceptions and you’re good to go. This is the tense you’ve been waiting for!
The Regular Endings
When it comes to verb tenses, things couldn’t get any easier — at least in Spanish. Believe it or not, the future simple tense is formed with the same endings for all three types of verbs: -ar, -er, and -ir verbs. Let’s take a look at the regular endings for the future and we’ll see firsthand how easy it really is to conjugate.
Using the regular endings, here are some examples of full conjugations. Keep in mind that we don’t drop the infinitive verb ending, but rather add the future ending directly onto the end:
What makes the future simple tense such a breeze is the fact that there are very few irregulars — and not only are they few, but the change is in the stem and not the ending. For example, the verb querer, as opposed to just adding the future ending, must change its stem to querr- for the future. As an example, the first person singular form, rather than be quereré, is in fact querré.
The list of irregulars is very short and doesn’t necessarily include the typical ‘repeat offenders’ of irregular verbs:
Some examples of full irregular conjugations are the following:
The Future Simple is Simple
After having studied other verb tenses and their corresponding conjugations, one thing is for certain: the future simple certainly is simple. When it comes to verbs in Spanish, it just doesn’t get any more basic. Enjoy!