The future – regular verbs: Italian grammar lesson 56

Key Takeaways

Discover how to conjugate regular Italian verbs in the future tense and learn when to use it effectively.

  • In Italian, the future tense is formed by conjugating the verb, unlike in English where “will” or “shall” is used.
  • Regular verbs ending in –are and –ere follow the same conjugation pattern in the future tense.
  • Regular verbs ending in –ire have a distinct conjugation pattern in the future tense.
  • The future tense can be used to talk about future events or plans, ensuring clarity and correctness.
  • After quando (= when), the future tense is used in Italian, even though the present tense is used in English.

Quick facts

How is the future tense constructed in Italian?

In Italian, the future tense is formed by conjugating the verb endings rather than adding auxiliary verbs like "will" or "shall."

Can you use the present tense to discuss future events in Italian?

Yes, the present tense can describe near-future events if the time is specified, e.g., "Domani vado a scuola" (Tomorrow I will go to school).

Is it ever wrong to use the future tense for future events in Italian?

No, using the future tense to discuss future events is always acceptable, ensuring clarity in communication.

Do verbs ending in -are and -ere follow the same future tense conjugation?

Yes, regular verbs ending in -are and -ere share the same future tense conjugation patterns.

How do you conjugate "lavorare" (to work) in the future tense for "io"?

"Lavorare" is conjugated as "lavorerò" for "io" in the future tense.

How is the verb "credere" (to believe) conjugated for "noi" in the future tense?

"Credere" is conjugated as "crederemo" for "noi" in the future tense.

What is the future tense conjugation for "capire" (to understand) for "lui/lei"?

"Capire" is conjugated as "capirà" for "lui/lei" in the future tense.

Can the future tense be used after "quando" (when) in Italian?

Yes, the future tense is used after "quando," unlike English which often uses the present tense in such contexts.

Provide an example of using the future tense for future plans.

"Dal mese prossimo lavorerò solo 3 giorni a settimana" means "Starting next month, I’m going to work only 3 days a week."

How do you say "My parents will leave next Wednesday" in Italian?

"I miei genitori partiranno mercoledì prossimo" translates to "My parents will leave next Wednesday."

My Thoughts

While in English the future tense is constructed by putting “will” or “shall” in front of the verb, in Italian, the future tense is made by conjugating the verb (= changing the verb endings).

Let’s talk about the future tense of regular verbs. There’s also a post about the future tense of irregular verbs.

Is the future tense only for the future?

Different peoples use verb tenses in different situations due to different perceptions of time and life. Some languages even lack the future tense!

In Italian, we can also use the present tense to refer to events happening in the near future if the time of the event is specified. For example: Domani vado a scuola (= Tomorrow I will go to school).

However, using the future tense to talk about future events is always acceptable, so if you use the future tense, you can’t go wrong!

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Eccomi: lavorerò con te domani.

Simple future tense: Regular conjugation of verbs ending with –are and -ere

Regular verbs of the first conjugation group (ending in –are) and second conjugation group (ending in –ere) follows the same conjugation:

First Conjugation Verb: Second Conjugation Verb:
Verb: Lavorare (= to work) Credere (=to believe)
io lavorerò crederò
tu lavorerai crederai
lui/lei lavorerà crederà
noi lavoreremo crederemo
voi lavorerete crederete
loro lavoreranno crederanno
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Quando avrai tempo, parleremo del progetto.

Simple future tense: Regular conjugation of verbs ending with –ire

Regular verbs of the third conjugation group (ending in –ire) follow this conjugation instead:

First Conjugation Verb:
Verb: Capire (= to understand)
io capi
tu capirai
lui/lei capirà
noi capiremo
voi capirete
loro capiranno
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Domani lavorerò da casa.

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Regular future tense: How to talk about the future

When can we use the future tense in Italian? Let’s take a look at some examples of regular verbs.

When talking about events that will happen in the future or when talking about future plans:

La prossima settimana inizierò a lavorare in una nuova azienda.

Next week I’ll start working for a new company.

Dal mese prossimo lavorerò solo 3 giorni a settimana.

Starting next month, I’m going to work only 3 days a week.

I miei genitori partiranno mercoledì prossimo.

My parents will leave next Wednesday.

After quando (= when), even though for this kind of sentence, the present tense is used in English:

Quando finirai di studiare, guarderemo un film.

When you finish studying, we’ll watch a movie.

Test your knowledge in 10 quick questions

FAQs

What is regular future tense?

The simple future tense is a grammatical form used to indicate events or actions that will occur in the future. It is a way to express predictions, promises, or intentions regarding a future event.

How do you form the future tense for regular verbs?

The simple future tense in Italian is formed by adding the appropriate verb ending to the infinitive form of the verb. For regular verbs, the endings for the simple future tense are as follows: -are verb: -erò -ere verb: -erò -ire verb: -irò

What is future semplice in Italian?

The futuro semplice (simple future) is a form of the future tense in Italian, used to express an action that will take place in the future. This tense is often replaced with the present tense for convenience or for a more conversational feel.

Italian word of the day
capivo
Example
Non capivo più niente dal sonno.
I was so tired that I couldn’t think.
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4 Responses

  1. La prossima settimana ma Dal mese prossimo//mercoledì prossimo.
    Sono confusa. Qual ‘e la differenza? Prossimo-a si mette prima o dopo il sostantivo?

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