The Future Tense


Basic German Lessons

The German Future Tense 


Future Tense - German


The future tense in German is not that difficult. If you read the following carefully you will master this subject very fast. 


Using the present tense to express the future

In many cases you can use the present tense and just add some words or time phrases that indicate the future.

For example:

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in 20 Minuten in 20 minutes 
heute Abend tonight 
morgen tomorrow
morgen früh tomorrow morning
übermorgen the day after tomorrow
nächste Woche next week


Some example sentences:

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Deine Schwester besucht dich nächsten Monat.
Your sister is visiting you next month. 

Mein Bruder fliegt nächstes Jahr nach Deutschland. 
My brother is flying to Germany next year.

Ich spiele morgen Piano. 
I'm playing the piano tomorrow.

As you can see the German verbs are in the present tense. 


The Future I

If you want to express the future tense you can almost always use the word "werden". It is not difficult and if you do understand the pattern then you can transform every sentence easily into the future form. Even irregular verbs are easy because they follow the same pattern. You only need to know how to conjugate one word = "werden" (will / become).

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pronoun werden meaning
ich  werde I will (I become)
du wirst you will (you become)
er / sie / es wird he/she/it will (he/she/it becomes)
wir werden we will (we become)
ihr werdet you will (you become)
sie / Sie*  werden they/you will (they/you become)

*Sie = polite form of you.


Let's take a look at some sentences:

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Ich lerne Deutsch.
I study German. (I'm studying German.) 

Du lernst Deutsch.
You study German. (You're studying German.) 

Er lernt Deutsch.
He studies German. (He is studying German.)  

If you want to transform these sentences into the future tense you just replace the verbs (lerne, lernst, lernt) with the conjugated form of "werden" and put the verb "lernen" at the end of the sentence in the main form (full verb). Remember – German verbs (in the basic form) have mostly an "en" at the end.


Ich lerne Deutsch.

1) Replace "lerne" with "werde"
2) Change "lerne" to the full verb "lernen" and put it to the end of the sentence.

Gegenwart (present): Ich lerne Deutsch.
Zukunft (future) => Ich werde Deutsch lernen

Gegenwart: Du lernst Deutsch. 
Zukunft: Du wirst Deutsch lernen.  

Gegenwart: Er lernt Deutsch. 
Zukunft: Er wird Deutsch lernen.


Here are more examples.

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fliege zum Mond.
I'm flying to the moon. 

werde zum Mond fliegen.
I will fly to the moon.


Du liest ein Buch.
You are reading a book. 

Du wirst ein Buch lesen.
You will read a book.


Maria küsst Fabian 
Maria is kissing Fabian.  

Maria wird Fabian küssen.
Maria will kiss Fabian.  


Wir kaufen ein Auto.
We are buying a car. 

Wir werden ein Auto kaufen.
We will buy a car.


Ihr* trinkt Orangensaft.
* Ihr = in the sense of "you all".
You are drinking orange juice. 

Ihr werdet Orangensaft trinken.
You will drink orange juice. 


Sie gehen in die Schule.
They go to school. 

Sie werden in die Schule gehen.
They will go to school.



The conjugated verb will be replaced by the conjugated form of the word "werden" and then goes to the end of the sentence in the main form. 

Note: In English there is also the possibility to use "I’m going to…" to express the future. Don't translate it literally to German, it would make no sense! 



Of course you can add words or time phrases in addition:

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fliege zum Mond.
I'm flying to the moon. 

werde nächste Woche zum Mond fliegen.
I will fly to the moon next week. 


Du liest ein Buch.
You are reading a book. 

Du wirst morgen ein Buch lesen.
You will read a book tomorrow.


Maria küsst Fabian 
Maria is kissing Fabian.

Maria wird heute Abend Fabian küssen.
Maria will kiss Fabian tonight.  


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Question and Answer Part.

Future Tense - German

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Listen and try to answer the questions before the recorded speaker. Do this exercise several times until you can answer the questions easily out loud.


Ich werde zum Mond fliegen.  

Frage: Wohin werde ich fliegen? 
Kurze Antwort: Zum Mond
Lange Antwort: Ich werde zum Mond fliegen. 

Du wirst ein Buch lesen. 

Frage: Wirst du ein Buch oder eine Zeitung (newspaper) lesen? 
Kurze Antwort: Ein Buch.
Lange Antwort: Du wirst ein Buch lesen.  

Wir werden heute Abend ein Auto kaufen. 

Frage: Werden wir heute Abend ein Auto kaufen?
Ja, wir werden heute Abend ein Auto kaufen. 

Maria wird Fabian küssen. 

Frage: Wird Maria Klaus küssen?
Antwort: Nein, Maria wird nicht Klaus küssen.
Antwort: Maria wird Fabian küssen.  

Frage: Wird Maria Fabian so richtig abknutschen (smother with kisses)?
Antwort: Genau (that's right), Maria wird Fabian so richtig abknutschen.


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