Spanish Verb Conjugation: Indicative Mood
Introduction to Future Tense

Talk about what "might be" as opposed to "what is."
Memorize and sing that wonderfully famous song (I think Debbie Reynolds sang it) - ¡Qué será, será! Whatever will be, will be ...
Nah, ... you're just really young.
About "Future Tense" ...
It's a verb in a form that tells you:
"Who knows!" Anything could happen. You think you're gonna do this, and that ends up happening. You think somebody's like so, and they end up being like something else. You think ... key words here.
What IS it that you think?
The Spanish speaker has a whole verb form devoted to what's going on upstairs.
Frequently English speakers view some Spanish speakers as liars, because they've said "I'm gonna do something." The Hispanic used the future tense, not completely aware that the English counterpart is really supposed to happen.
But you never know what's going to come up, hence the "conjecture."

This is what may happen... what might be ... like, ... it's kinda iffy !!!

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A Tense Based on Glimpses into the Unknown
Who knows what the future will bring?
The "future" definitely comes, but "the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglee!"
That just means, even with the best intentions - we never do know what we WILL do in the future.
The future tense covers different territory from its English counterpart.
A Spanish verb form in the future tense can be translated in various ways.
Spanish form
= English future
= Conjecture
= Rhetorical
hablaré I will speak. I may well speak. Do you think I'll speak ?
trabajarás You will work. You may well/might work. Somebody think you´ll work ?
bailará He will dance. He might dance. Think he'll dance ?
estudiará She will study. She may well study. Think she'll study ?
preguntaremos We will ask. We might just ask. Maybe if we asked ...
contestaréis Y'all will answer. Y'all could give an answer. Think y'all might respond ?
pensarán They will think. They may well think ... They might think ...
tomarán They will drink. They may be drinking. Think they're drinking ?
The Spanish speaker does not always use the future tense to establish a "future action."
More often than not, the future is used in the sense of conjectural thought: "Might something be happening?"
A good example of the future tense used as a rhetorical question:
Two people are in the desert. They've wandered around for several days. Neither has a watch. How smart would it be for one to ask the other: "What time is it?" More than likely the question would be: "What time do you think it is?" or "What time might it be?"
In this case, the question would be: "¿Qué hora será?"
Use the Spanish future tense for any question beginning with "Do you think ... ?"
The future tense verb form implies a possibility to which the answer is unknown.
might _____
may well _____
Any English verb can be placed in the blank, being then equivalent to the Spanish "future tense" usage.
These choices in English reflect an action that is only possible, not necessarily likely.
The future tense then states that "an act will happen" or "an act might be happening."
The information can be understood through context.
Spanish future forms are developed from one single set of endings.
For most Spanish verbs, these endings are attached to the infinitive: Don't drop any letters !!!
Future Tense Endings
- é
- ás
él, ella, Usted
- á
nosotros, nosotras
- emos
vosotros, vosotras
- éis
ellos, ellas, Ustedes
- arán
Also realize that these endings when attached to the whole verb carry the full weight of :
will _____
might/may well _____
Think somebody´s _____ing ?
A few verbs in Spanish have an irregular verb stem for the future tense, but they will still take these same endings.