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Le futur proche

Le futur proche

Definition:  "Le futur proche" is one of the two future tenses in French, used to express something that is going to happen soon, an upcoming event which is going to occur in the near future. It is usually translated into English as going + infinitive (e.g., going to eat, going to drink, going to talk). The futur proche is characteristic of spoken French but may be used in informal writing. It is formed with the verb aller (to go) conjugated in the present tense followed by an infinitive.
 

Formation: Present tense of aller + infinitive of action verb
 

 

Present tense:
aller - to go
je 
vais
tu 
vas
il/elle 
va
nous 
allons
vous 
allez
ils/elles 
vont

 

Here are some examples using the action word "manger":

  • Je vais manger - I am going to eat.

  • Tu vas manger - You are going to eat.

  • Il va manger - He is going to eat.

  • Nous allons manger - We are going to eat.

  • Vous allez manger - You are going to eat.

  • Elles vont manger - They are going to eat.


 Examples of "le futur proche using other verbs:

Je vais voir Luc.
I'm going to see Luc.

Il va arriver.
He's going to arrive.

Nous allons conduire.
We're going to drive.


Le futur proche grammar - Read more about the future tense on this website

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