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Talking About the Future

Talking About the Future

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Express future plans without using the future tense.

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what's covered
In this lesson, you will learn how to communicate future actions in Spanish. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
  1. El Futuro (The Future)

1. El Futuro (The Future)

There is a very easy way to express future plans in Spanish without having to learn the future tense! In fact, you already do this in English.

EXAMPLE

Instead of saying, "I will eat at 1:00," we normally say, "I am going to eat at 1:00."

The meaning does not change. In Spanish, simply use a form of the verb ir (to go), add the preposition a (to), and then add any verb in the infinitive form.

Example Sentence English Translation
Yo voy a llamar al doctor. I am going to call the doctor.
Yo voy a usar la forma genérica. I am going to use the generic form.
Yo voy a surtir la receta. I am going to fill the prescription.
Ella va a leer las direcciones. She is going to read the directions.
Él va a pagar con un cheque. I You are going to pay with a check.
¿Usted va a dar la medicina a su hijo? Are you going to give the medicine to your son?

summary
In this lesson, you learned how to communicate about the future in Spanish. To do this, you simply need to use the correct form of the verb "ir," the preposition "a," and the infinitive of any additional verb. This will allow you to speak about future intentions without learning the future tense.

¡Buena suerte!

Source: This content has been adapted from "Pharmacy Spanish" by Stephanie Langston.