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Irregular Simple Future Forms

Irregular Simple Future Forms

Quick Answer

There are two ways to form the future tense in Spanish: the informal future (ir + a + infinitive) and the simple future (el futuro simple).

The simple future has both regular forms and irregular forms. Let's learn about the irregular forms now!

The simple future has relatively few irregular verbs, and they fall into three distinct categories:

  • those that drop the e or i from the infinitive ending and add a d
  • those that simply drop the e or i from the infinitive ending
  • those that don't follow any predictable pattern and must simply be memorized

Forms that Drop the e or i from the Infinitive Ending and Add a d

Only -er and -ir verbs fall into this category. To form the future with verbs in this category, simply remove the e or i from the infinitive ending, add a d, then add the simple future endings.

Conjugation Example: Tener 

SubjectVerb Conjugations
yo
tendré
 
tendrás
 
él, ella, usted
tendrá
 
nosotros
tendremos
 
vosotros
tendréis
 
ellos, ellas, ustedes
tendrán
 

Other Verbs like Tener

InfinitiveSimple Future Stem
poner
 
pondr-
valer
 
valdr-
salir
 
saldr-
venir
 
vendr-
Tendrá un profesor bueno en esa clase.
You will have a good professor in that class.
 
Pondré el pastel en la mesa.
I will put the cake on the table.
 

Forms that Drop the e or i from the Infinitive Ending

Only -er verbs fall into this category. To form the future with verbs in this category, simply remove the e or i from the infinitive ending, then add the simple future endings.

Conjugation Example: Poder 

SubjectVerb Conjugation
yo
podré
 
podrás
 
él, ella, usted
podrá
 
nosotros
podremos
 
vosotros
podréis
 
ellos, ellas, ustedes
podrán
 

Other Verbs like Poder

InfinitiveSimple Future Stem
caber
 
cabr-
haber
 
habr-
saber
 
sabr-
querer
 
querr-
Podrás hablar español muy pronto.
You will be able to speak Spanish very soon.
 
Habrá mucha gente en la fiesta.
There will be many people at the party.
 

Irregular stems

The verbs decir  (to say) and hacer  (to make/do) have irregular stems that must be memorized. Verbs that have either of these two verbs as their root, such as predecir  (to predict) and rehacer  (to redo), follow the same conjugation patters as decir and hacer in the simple future.

Conjugation Examples: Decir and Hacer

SubjectDecirHacer
yo
diré
 
haré
 
dirás
 
harás
 
él, ella, usted
dirá
 
hará
 
nosotros
diremos
 
haremos
 
vosotros
diréis
 
haréis
 
ellos, ellas, ustedes
dirán
 
harán
 
Diréis el cuento de tu viaje a Argentina.
You will tell your story of your trip to Argentina.
 
Ellos harán el pastel para mi mamá.
They will make the cake for Mom.
 

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