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German tenses in use: Futur I Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Language

a) The Futur I is used to express that an action will only begin after the moment of speaking, especially when you are planning something or making prognoses.

You form sentences with a conjugated form of the auxiliary verb “werden” (will).


Singular Plural
1st person ich werde(I will) wir werden(we will)
2nd person du wirst / Sie werden(you will) ihr werdet / Sie werden(you will)
3rd person er/sie/es wird(he/she/it will) Sie werden(they will)


1. Ich werde nach Berlin fahren. – I will go to Berlin.

2. Justin wird in Frankfurt arbeiten. – Justin will work in Frankfurt.

3. Anita und Sven werden hieraten. – Anita and Sven will marry.

4. Sie werden eine neue Lieferung bekommen. – They will get a new delivery. / You will get a new delivery. (formal: 2nd person sgl. and pl.)


Instead of the Futur I you can alternatively use the Präsens tense to refer to the future. But when you use the Präsens you have to insert an adverb of time, for example, bald (soon), gleich (immediately), nächstes Jahr (next year), am Abend (in the evening), etc.


5. Ich fahre nächste Woche nach Berlin. – I will go to Berlin next week.

6. Justin arbeitet nächstes Jahr in Frankfurt. – Justin will work in Frankfurt next year.

7. Anita und Sven heuraten am Samstag. – Anita and Sven will marry on Saturday.

8. Sie bekommen morgen eine neue Lieferung. – You will get a new delivery tomorrow.


b) The Futur I is also used to announce the assumption that an action a) is taking place at the moment or b) will take place in the future. In order to make clear that you only express an assumption you often insert words like: vielleicht – maybe, vermutlich – probably, and wohl – perhaps.


9. Ist David zu Hause? Nein, er wird wohl noch bei einem Freund sein.

(Is David at home? No, perhaps he is still at a friend’s place.)


10. Claudia ist nicht gekommen. Sie wird vielleicht krank sein.

(Claudia hasn’t come. Probably, she is sick.)


11. Wenn du die Schmerztablette nimmst, wird es dir bestimmt besser gehen.

(When you take th pain killer you will certainly feel better.)


12. Niemand öffnet die Tür. Die Familie wird wahrscheinlich im Urlaub sein.

(Nobody opens the door. The family is probably on vocation.)


13. Der Wissenschaftler wird auf dem Kongress einen Vortrag halten.

(The scientists will make a speech at the conference.)


14. Der Zahnarzt wird ihm einen Zahn ziehen.

(The dentist will extract one of his teeth.)


15. Martin wird sich scheiden lassen.

(Martin will get divorced.)

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Hello everybody! I studied English and American Studies, Communication Science, and Political Science at the University of Greifswald. Since I have been learning English as a second language myself for almost 20 years now I know how difficult it is to learn a language other than your native one. Thus, I am always willing to keep my explanations about German grammar comprehensible and short. Further, I am inclined to encourage you to speak German in every situation. Regards, Sandra


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