The future is now! Well, at least it is in our Arabic lesson for today.
So far you’ve learned about how to conjugate verbs in the Past and Present Arabic verb tenses, so it’s only natural that we look ahead to the future. In Arabic, the future means anything that happens after the time of speaking. It could be in an hour, a week, or a year.
For now, however, we’ll get started right this minute on how to use the prefixes for “will” and “going to” in Arabic to talk about your future plans.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
In Arabic, the future form of the verb is the same as it in the present tense, only with the prefix (سـ) added to the verb, like so:
I will go
To conjugate in the 1st person singular, the prefix (سـ) is added to the present tense verb. For example:
I will go.
The same is true of the 1st person plural – simply add the prefix (سـ) to the present tense of the verb:
نَحْنُ سَنَذهَبُ إلى السُّوق
/naHnu sanaTHhabu ’ilaa issooq/
We will go to the market.
I will return.
We will return.
To conjugate in the 2nd person masculine singular, once again, we add the prefix (سـ) to the present tense verb, like so:
You will go. (m.)
Likewise, for the 2nd person feminine singular, you also simply add the prefix (سـ) to the present tense of the verb:
You will go. (f.)
A few more examples are:
You will drink. (m.)
You will drink. (f.)
You will eat. (m.)
You will drink. (f.)
To conjugate in the 3rd person masculine singular, once again, we add the prefix (سـ) to the present tense verb, like so:
He will go. (m.)
And again, for the 3rd person feminine singular, we add the prefix (سـ) to the present tense of the verb, as in:
She will go. (f.)
And once again, here are some more examples:
هُوَ سَيَرْجِعُ إلى
/huwa sayarji‘u ’ilaa …/
He will go back to…. (m.)
هِيَ سَتَرْجِعُ إلى
/hiya satarji‘u ’ilaa …/
She will go back to…. (f.)
He will drink. (m.)
She will drink. (f.)
Of course, sometimes in Arabic, you’ll have to say you or somebody else will NOT do something; however, that’s pretty easy in Arabic, too.
In Arabic the word for “will not” is لن / lan. Use it as follows:
لَنْ أَشْرَبَ القَهْوَةَ غَدًا
/lan ’ashraba ilqahwata ghadan/
I will not drink coffee tomorrow.
So, there you have it. Now you can make future plans in Arabic and tell somebody what you will and won’t do in the future.
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