Aller & le futur proche

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The first thing to do is review how the verb 'aller' looks in the present tense. Remember that 'aller' means 'to go'.

In Exercice 1, you're asked to write out each of the sentences that says what someone is about to do. For example. 'Alanna is going to jump.' would become 'Alanna va sauter' because 'va' is the form of aller used for a single person and 'sauter' means 'to jump'.


In Exercice 2 - Let's answer the questions, you're going to play two roles. First of all, you're going to ask a question about the activity given in the list. You're going to ask a friend if they're going to do whatever the activity is. For example, in the model you have 'voyager' which means 'to travel'. To form a question out of a statement in French, you can invert the subject and the verb. (We do this in English, too. - Think: The question, Do you like pie? could be answered by the statement: Yes, I do like pie.

So... a statement about someone who is going to travel could be: Tu vas voyager. (You're going to travel.) and turning this into a question is simply a matter of flipping the subject (tu) and the verb (vas): Vas-tu voyager? Notice that there is a hyphen between the verb and the subject in the question form.

In the second part, you need to answer the question about the activity. For the model, someone has been asked if they're going to travel this summer. They can answer either in the affirmative or the negative (in other words, yes or no) It's as simple as: Oui, je vais voyager. for a yes answer and Non, je ne vais pas voyager. for a no answer. (Remember the Mickey Mouse formula.)


In Exercise 3 - Tell what each person is going to do, you're simply going to look up the correct form of 'aller' that matches the subject given. If you're given a pronoun, it's doubly easy, but if you're given a name or names, all you have to do is imagine which pronoun you would use to replace that name (or those names).

For example in the model: Moi........ lire un livre: Moi means me, so I would use the pronoun 'je'. The correct form of aller for the first person singular is 'vais'. Therefore, our sentence is 'Je vais lire un livre.'
Venir + De + Infinitif = Passé Récent


Exercice #4 -

Listen to Reading Assignment 1 here:

Practice creating sentences in futur proche here.

Practice creating sentences in passé récent here.

Practice creating futur proche & passé récent here.

Go down to the bottom of this page and determine whether the sentence is in futur proche or passé récent.