Skip directly to content

Future Tense Formation of Regular Verbs

In Spanish as in English, we express events that are going to happen using a specific form of the verb. There are two ways of expressing the future. The more colloquial form using the verb “to go”, which is the equivalent to the English “going to…” (Ex: I am going to study = yo voy a estudiar) and with the less colloquial future tense, the equivalent to the English verbs preceded by “will” (Ex. I will study later). This lesson explains the latter.

The Future Tense is used to express:

  • What will happen in the future. For example, “I will play soccer tomorrow.”
  • What is uncertain or probable now. For example, “He is probably at the library.”

The future for regular verbs is formed with the infinitive + the ending.

Differently from other tenses, the endings for future are the same, regardless of the infinitive ending in –ar, -er or -ir.

Here is a conjugation example of a regular verb with an "ar" ending. 

Spanish

Spanish

English

Subject

Infinitive: Hablar (to speak)

 

Yo

hablaré

I will speak

hablarás

You will speak

Usted/él/ella

hablará

You (formal)/He/She will speak

Nosotros

hablaremos

We will speak

Ustedes/Ellos/Ellas

hablarán

You (plural) will speak/They will speak

 

Here is a conjugation example of a regular verb with an "er" ending.

Spanish

Spanish

English

Subject

Infinitive: Comer (to eat)

 

Yo

comeré

I will eat

comerás

You will eat

Usted/él/ella

comerá

You (formal)/He/She will eat

Nosotros

comeremos

We will eat

Ustedes/Ellos/Ellas

comerán

You (plural) will eat/They will eat

 

Here is a conjugation example of a regular verb with an "ir" ending.

Spanish

Spanish

English

Subject

Infinitive: Vivir (to live)

 

Yo

viviré

I will live

vivirás

You will live

Usted/él/ella

vivirá

You (formal)/He/She will live

Nosotros

viviremos

We will live

Ustedes/Ellos/Ellas

vivirán

You (plural) will live/They will live