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'.
|To emphasize that something will happen.||
|To talk about an event that is probably going to take place (by using probabilities).||
|To propose or promise something.||
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|
As mentioned above the Dutch mainly use another, more informal, way of expressing a future action by using the verb 'gaan' (to go).
|To talk about an intended action||
|To talk about an event that is going to take place||
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:
|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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