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It's time for part 3 already! If you haven't followed part 1 and 2, go have a look quickly to make sure you're up to date with the first 5 tenses we covered.

Today, we will see Part 3 of the series, which covers the Simple Future and Subjunctive Mood (Present).

Ready for it? C'est parti !

The Simple Future

Now, back in part 1, I mentionned that I don't consider this tense a priority. It's useful, of course, but with beginners I believe that get the key to unlock basic communication is a massive feel good and there's already so much to cover just to master the present tense of compound past that, well, the simple future can wait.

The main difference betwen the two is that the Near Future, based on the present conjugation of aller, implies a connection between present and future.
The simple future, only focuses on the end results.

Ex : Je vais avoir un bébé. => refers to the whole process, to the fact that I am pregnant now, and therefore "something will come out" of the present moment.

J'aurai un bébé. => Simply states that by then (date mentioned or not) I will be a mother. That's it. We go from zero baby to being a mom, whereas the first example refers to the whole journey.

I picked an example that should be vivid enough but that also works with mundane activities!


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Avoir -Futur Simple

J'aurai
Tu auras
Il, elle, on aura
Nous aurons
Vous aurez,
Ils auront

Rings a bell? Yes! It looks almost identical to the Conditional Present! Because they are so close semantically, they are declined almost the same way and have the same irregularities.

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Être - Futur Simple

Je serai
Tu seras
Il, elle, on sera
Nous serons
Vous serez
Ils seront

Same, same, no big troubles here!

The Subjunctive (Present)

Now, here's a mood English Natives don't really like. It's an intricate topic that I have covered here, so if you're not sure yet how / when to use it, go check out this article, or more documents from my Premium Library of course.

Avoir - Subjonctif Présent

Que j'aie
Que tu aies
Qu'il, elle, on ait
Que nous ayons
Que vous ayez
Qu'ils, elles aient

Être - Subjonctif Présent

Que je sois
Que tu sois
Qu'il, elle, on soit
Que nous soyons
Que vous soyez
Qu'ils, elles soient

Et voilà!
As you can see, we have really stepped up a bit in terms of difficulty, but hey, these are all very useful tenses!

Let me know below what you think, if you have any questions or what topic you would like to see me cover next!