The Future Tenses in French: Free Printable Worksheets

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What will the future hold? Hopefully more BA grammar lessons! The futur proche and futur simple are all about the future in French. To learn how to master them, read our short lesson and complete the free practice exercises!
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What are the two future tenses in French?

Planning on doing something tonight, on the weekend or even in two years? There are two ways to talk about the future in French: The Futur Proche and the Futur Simple. 

The Futur Proche in French:

The Futur Proche is the French equivalent of the verb to be + going to+ infinitive verb in English.

You should use the Futur Proche when talking about changes or events that will happen shortly. 

Futur Proche Examples:
siblings cartoon

Je vais être une grande sœur.

I am going to be a big sister.

beach cartoon

Je vais aller à la plage cet après-midi.

I am going to the beach this afternoon. 

The Futur Simple in French:

On the other hand, the Futur Simple is used to talk about a prediction, a forecast or a project.

Here are some keywords that indicate that you have to use the Futur Simple: quand (when), lorsque (when), aussitôt que (as soon as),  and dès que (as soon as). 

Futur Simple Examples:
cloudy sky cartoon

Il fera nuageux ce soir.

It will be cloudy tonight.

statue of liberty cartoon

Nous irons en voyage à New York.

We will go on a trip to New York. 

How to Conjugate the Future tense in French:

How to conjugate le futur proche:

The near future is composed of the verb to go + infinitive verb.

pronouns

Verb to go (aller)

Infinitive (infinitif)

(I) Je

vais

finir

(you) tu

vas

aimer

(he) il / (she) elle/ (we) on

va

aller

(we) nous

allons

manger

(you) vous

allez

danser

They ils/elles

vont

courir

How to conjugate le futur simple:

When conjugating le futur simple, most of the verbs ending in -er, will follow the verb AIMER. Many verbs ending in -ir, will follow the verb FINIR.

Pronouns

Verb to love (aimer)

Verb to finish (finir)

(I) Je

aimerai

finirai

(you) tu

aimeras

finiras

(he) il / (she) elle/ (we) on

aimera

finira

(we) nous

aimerons

finirons

(you) vous

aimerez

finirez

They ils/elles

aimeront

finiront

Some verbs are irregular because of their radical changes. Their endings are the same as the verbs to love and to finish.

Here are 5 of these verbs:

 

Avoir 

(to have)

Être

(to be)

Aller

(to go)

Faire

(to do)

Voir

(to see)

Radical

au-

se-

i-

fe-

ver-

Terminaisons (endings)-rai, -ras, -ra, -rons, -rez, -ront

Some verbs are irregular because of their radical changes. Their endings are the same as the verbs to love and to finish.

Here are 5 of these verbs:

 

Avoir 

(to have)

Être

(to be)

Aller

(to go)

Radical

au

se

i

Terminaisons (endings): -rai, -ras, -ra, -rons, -rez, -ront

 

Faire

(to do)

Voir

(to see)

Radical

fe

ver

Terminaisons (endings): -rai, -ras, -ra, -rons, -rez, -ront

It's Time To Practice! Here are Some Free Printable Worksheets:

Now that you’ve learned about the future tenses in French, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! Practice what you’ve learned with our free printable futur simple et futur proche worksheets! These free exercises are great for kids!

Futur Proche Exercise 1

Futur Simple Exercise 2

Futur Proche Exercise 3

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