le futur proche is the near future

Le futur proche is used when we want to say that something is going to happen.

It is easy to construct this type of sentence. You merely need to use the verb 'aller'
which means 'to go' and then add on the verb that expresses what you are going to do.

For example:
je vais travailler = I'm going to work
tu vas regarder = you're (s) going to watch
il va avoir = he is going to have
elle va chanter = she is going to sing
nous allons aller = we're going to go
vous allez parler = you're (pl) going to talk
ils vont venir = they're (m) going to come
elles vont jouer = they're (f) going to play

You'll notice that the verb 'aller' is conjugated in each phrase and the verb that is going to
happen is not conjugated. It is left in its 'infinitive' form.

This whole process could be expressed with a mathematical looking expression:

futur proche = aller + infinitive

Check out how this blogger explained it:


Play Rags to Riches to practice

Try this game to practice using aller to show that something is going to happen in the near future.

This little quiz is more difficult. It requires you to change a verb that has been conjugated in
present tense back to its infinitive form as well as conjugating the verb aller. Try it out!

This task requires you to take a verb that has already been conjugated in present tense back to its infinitive form and also conjugate aller.

Try these exercises at the University of Texas.

In order to use futur proche, you might find it useful to know the following vocabulary:

ce matin
this morning
cet après-midi
this afternoon
ce soir
this evening (tonight)
la semaine prochaine
next week
le mois prochain
next month
l'année prochaine
next year
demain matin
tomorrow morning
demain soir
tomorrow evening
tous les jours
every day
lundi prochain
next Monday
vendredi prochain
next Friday
plus tard
Play 'Rags to Riches' to practice locating the correct sentences in 'futur proche'.

This task asks you to take a present tense phrase and turn it into a near future phrase. (It's important to remember that a phrase, in English, does not equal a sentence, hence it does not necessarily start with a capital, nor end with a period.)

Identify the correctly worded version of the given sentence in this 'futur proche' exercise.

Another explanation with some exercises at the end can be found here.

On this website, you're given sentences in present tense. You need to change them to near future.