Le futur composé (near future)

Introduction

The futur composé (also known as the futur proche) is used for actions in the near future. It emphasises that there is already an intention to carry out the action, and that the action will take place shortly.

Beispiel

Christine va partir dans deux secondes.

Elle va aller au supermarché.

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Usage

  • action that will take place shortly
    Example:
    Christine va partir dans deux secondes.Christine is leaving in two seconds.
  • planned action for the near future
    Example:
    Elle va aller au supermarché.She’s going to go to the supermarket.

Construction

We need the conjugated form of aller and the infinitive of the full verb.

personform of allerfull verb
1st person singular je vais

aimer

finir

vendre

2nd person singular tu vas
3rd person singular il/elle/on va
1st person plural nous allons
2nd person plural vous allez
3rd person plural ils/elles vont

To Note:

In English we often use words such as about to when we want to emphasise that an action will happen shortly.

Example:
Elle va prendre son sac.
(She’s about to pick up her bag.)