The future tense

Difference between ‘will’ and ‘want to’ in German

Be careful not to confuse the English ‘will’ indicating the future, with the German modal will meaning ‘want/s to’ in German: Ich will jetzt essen. I want to eat now. Ich werde weniger essen. I will eat less. The future perfect The future perfect is used to refer to events that will be completed in the future. It is formed with the present tense form of werden + past participle of the main verb + ... »

Using the present tense to refer to the future

In German, the present tense – rather than the future tense – is normally used to refer to the future, especially when this is clearly indicated by an expression of time: Ich komme gleich wieder. I’ll be right back. In zwei Tagen bin ich in New York. In two days, I’ll be in New York. Das Konzert findet morgen statt. The concert will take place tomorrow. Sie heiraten nächstes Jahr. They will get ma... »

Referring to the future in German

The future tense in German is formed with the verb werden: Wirst du in Zukunft öfters im Ausland arbeiten? Will you be working abroad more often in future? Wir werden uns wahrscheinlich verspäten. We will probably be delayed. Note that there is also another less frequently used future tense in German, the future perfect tense. Formation of the future tense The future tense is constructed with the ... »