Spanish Verbs: Future Tense

As in English, the future tense in Spanish is used to indicated what "will" or what "shall" happen. It is not however used to communicate a willingness to do something. For example, "Will you go to the store?", is not a form of the future tense in Spanish even though the sentence used the world "will". In this example, the word "will" is only used to express a willingness. In Spanish the verb "querer" (to want) is used to express willingness.

In Spanish the future tense is also used to communicate probability or wonder in the present. Consider the following example:

I wonder what he is doing?
¿Qué estará haciendo?
I wonder who he is?
¿Quién será él?

For actions that will occur in the near future, in Spanish the present tense is usually still used. Consider the following example:

Tonight I am going to the movies.
Esta noche voy al cine.

Notice in the above example how "I am going" in the Spanish sentence uses the word voy ("I go"), the first person present tense form of the verb ir, to express an action to take place in the near future.

In the Spanish language there are two ways to form the future tense: the informal future and the simple future. And within the simple future there is the irregular simple future tense.