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 future in Spanish

 

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.

-ar -er -ir
é é é
ás ás ás
á á á
emos emos emos
éis éis éis
án án án

 

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:

amar conocer ir
amaré conoceré iré
amarás conocerás irás
amará conocerá irá
amaremos conoceremos iremos
amaréis conoceréis iréis
amarán conocerán irán

 

Irregular Forms

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:

caber cabr-
decir dir-
haber habr-
hacer har-
poder podr-
poner pondr-
querer querr-
saber sabr-
salir saldr-
tener tendr-
valer valdr-
venir vendr-

 

Some examples of full irregular conjugations are the following:

tener querer hacer
tendré querré haré
tendrás querrás harás
tendrá querrá hará
tendremos querremos haremos
tendréis querréis haréis
tendrán querrán harán

 

 

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!