The future tense (future I) in German is used to specify actions that will take place in the future. You can use the Futur I in German for different reasons. Find them in the table below.
|To express future events||Heute wird es regnen.||Today it is going to rain.|
|To make an assumption in the present||In 30 Jahren wird das Eröl leer sein.||In 30 year the mineral oil will be empty.|
|To talk about certain plans||Morgen werde ich joggen gehen.||Tomorrow I will go jogging.|
|To give an order (as an alternative to the imperative)||Du wirst jetzt nach Hause kommen.||You will come home now.|
|To make a promise||Ich werde da sein.||I will be there.|
There are some marker words, that typically signal the use of future tense in German.
|Morgen / morgen früh/Nachmittag/Abend||Tomorrow /tomorrow morning/afternoon/evening|
|In 2/4/10 Tagen||In 2/4/10 days|
|Nächstes Jahr / nächste Woche / nächsten Monat||next week / month / year|
|Heute Abend / Nacht||This evening / night|
If the context clearly indicates, that the actions will take place in the future, sometimes the present tense is used, especially in spoken German, e.g. 'morgen fahre ich nach Hamburg' (Tomorrow I drive to Hamburg).
To form the future I of weak and strong verbs, the only thing you have to watch out for, is the right construction:
|er/ sie/ es||wird|
You have to watch out, because the infinitive form of the full verb always comes at the end of the sentence!
See some example sentences below:
There is a special use of the future I tense. Especially when used in combination with one of the adverbs sicher, schon, vielleicht or wohl, the future I is also used to indicate present or future probabilities or likelihoods. See the examples below:
It's pretty easy to learn this tense, because there are no exceptions of the rule of construction. Also do our exercises to test your knowledge about the future I tense in German.
4.9/5 from 8 reviews
I am Marcus Hartmann, 30 years old and I have been living in Cali, Colombia, for more than four years. There I work as a German teacher for... Spanish-speaking people, young and old. I love the German language and develop many modern methodologies to make the German more playful and easier to learn. I also run a blog and a Facebook page, where I present many tips and tricks that make learning German easier. I teach German for all levels and Spanish for beginners. Read more
Hello, my name is Claus !For many years I teach students from all over the world as a professional teacher of the German language. With a lot of... experience and patience I lead my students to their to teach successfully and with fun. I offer you general language courses of B1- C2 with test preparations, as well as courses in Business German (prerequisites are language proficiency in German from level B1 +!). Read more
Hi! I am Donatella, I'm Italian and I have been living in Vienna since 2009. I teach Italian and German as a foreign language. I really... like teaching and I enjoy it! Every day I have the great chance to work together with people with different ages, backgroung and learning goals. Thanks to my job I can broaden and deepen my knowledge and skills and of course meet people from all over the world. Foreign languages represent my first interest, as a learner too. After having experienced a distance learning course I find the e-learning a personal, specific and practical method to learn, improve or polish up a foreign language! I would be glad to hear from you! Read more