• Dutch grammar
  • 1 Dutch alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 Dutch pronunciation [0/2]
  • 3 Dutch sentence structure
  • 4 Dutch articles (de, het, een) [0/2]
  • 5 Dutch nouns [0/8]
  • 6 Dutch pronouns [0/12]
  • 7 Dutch prepositions [0/9]
  • 8 Dutch adjectives [0/6]
  • 9 Dutch adverbs [0/16]
  • 10 Dutch verbs [0/27]
  • 10.1 Dutch infinitive (verbs with and without 'te') [0/2]
  • 10.2 Dutch regular verbs (weak verbs) [0/2]
  • 10.3 Dutch irregular verbs (strong verbs) [0/2]
  • 10.4 Dutch imperative (gebiedende wijs) [0/2]
  • 10.5 Dutch modal verbs [0/2]
  • 10.6 Dutch reflexive verbs [0/2]
  • 10.7 Dutch auxiliary verbs [0/2]
  • 10.8 Active and passive voice in Dutch [0/2]
  • 10.9 Separable and inseparable verbs in Dutch [0/2]
  • 10.10 Present participle in Dutch [0/2]
  • 10.11 Past participle in Dutch [0/3]
  • 10.12 Dutch subjunctive (aanvoegende wijs) [0/2]
  • 10.13 Dutch gerund [0/2]
  • 10.14 Dutch verb list
  • 11 Dutch verb conjugation and tenses [0/34]
  • Exercise to practice Dutch verb conjugation and tenses 1 (Score -/-)Free
  • Exercise to practice Dutch verb conjugation and tenses 2 (Score -/-)Free
  • 11.1 Dutch present simple (onvoltooid tegenwoordige tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.2 Dutch past simple (onvoltooid verleden tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.3 Dutch present perfect (voltooid tegenwoordige tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.4 Dutch past perfect (voltooid verleden tijd) [0/4]
  • 11.5 Dutch future simple [0/4]
  • 11.6 Dutch future perfect [0/4]
  • 11.7 Dutch conditional tense [0/4]
  • 11.8 Dutch conditional perfect [0/4]
  • Definition  and  usage  of the Dutch future simple  

    The Dutch future simple tense is used to talk about an event in the future.  The verb 'zullen', which is used to form the present future simple, is the formal way of talking about a future event. Therefore, the linking verb 'zullen' is a translation of 'shall' and not 'will'.

    Situation Example Translation
    To emphasize that something will happen. 
    • Hij zal morgen naar school fietsen. 
    • Kim zal volgende week haar diploma krijgen.
    • He shall cycle to school tomorrow.
    • Kim shall receive her diploma next week.
    To talk about an event that is probably going to take place (by using probabilities). 
    • Het zal waarschijnlijk morgen gaan regenen. 
    • Het zal wel druk zijn op straat met Koningsdag. 
    • It shall probably rain tomorrow.
    • It shall be busy on the streets on Kingsday. 
    To propose or promise something. 
    • Ik zal het nooit meer doen.
    • Ik zal straks afwassen. 
    • I shall never do it again.
    • I shall clean the dishes later. 

    Conjugation of the Dutch future simple (formal)

    The following rule is used to form the formal form of the Dutch simple future:  

    'zullen' (to shall) + the infinitive.  

    Take a look at the table below to see how the simple future is formed.  

    Subject Form Antwoorden (to answer) Wachten (to wait)
    Ik (I) zal + infinitive  zal antwoorden zal wachten 
    Jij, u (you) zal + infinitive zal antwoorden zal wachten
    Hij, zij, het (he, she, it) zal + infinitive zal antwoorden zal wachten
    Wij (we) zullen + infinitive zullen antwoorden zullen wachten
    Jullie (you) zullen + infinitive zullen antwoorden zullen wachten
    Zij (they) zullen + infinitive zullen antwoorden zullen wachten 

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    Conjugation of the Dutch future simple (informal) 

    As mentioned above the Dutch mainly use another, more informal, way of expressing a future action by using the verb 'gaan' (to go). 

    Situation Example Translation
    To talk about an intended action
    • Ik ga vandaag echt mijn huiswerk maken. 
    • Mijn moeder gaat vanavond koken .
    • I will do my homework today.
    • My mother will cook tonight. 
    To talk about an event that is going to take place
    • Het gaat straks regenen. 
    • Ik ga morgen hardlopen. 
    • It will rain later.
    • I will go running tomorrow. 

    The following rule is used to form the informal form of the Dutch future simple: 

    'gaan' (to go) + the infinitive

    Take a look at the table below to see how the future simple is formed: 

    Subject Form Antwoorden
    Ik ga + infinitive ga antwoorden
    Jij gaat + infinitive gaat antwoorden
    Hij, zij, het gaat + infinitive gaat antwoorden
    Wij gaan + infinitive gaan antwoorden
    Jullie gaan + infinitive gaan antwoorden
    Zij gaan + infinitive gaan antwoorden

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