Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

Introduction to the verb bailler

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The English translation of the French verb bailler is “to yawn.” It is pronounced as “bay-yay.”

The language origin of bailler can be traced back to the Latin word “bāiulāre,” meaning “to gape” or “to open the mouth wide.”

In everyday French, bailler is most often used in the Futur Proche tense, which is used to express actions that are going to happen in the near future. This tense is formed by conjugating the verb “aller” (to go) in the present tense, followed by the infinitive form of the verb, in this case “bailler.”

Here are three simple examples of bailler used in the Futur Proche tense, along with their English translations:

  1. Je vais bailler. (I am going to yawn.)
  2. Tu vas bailler. (You are going to yawn.)
  3. Il/Elle va bailler. (He/She is going to yawn.)

Table of the Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of bailler

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je vais bailler Je vais bailler bientôt. I am going to yawn soon.
tu vas bailler Tu vas bailler tout le temps. You are going to yawn all the time.
il va bailler Il va bailler devant tout le monde. He is going to yawn in front of everyone.
elle va bailler Elle va bailler pendant la réunion. She is going to yawn during the meeting.
on va bailler On va bailler après le déjeuner. We/One are going to yawn after lunch.
nous allons bailler Nous allons bailler ensemble. We are going to yawn together.
vous allez bailler Vous allez bailler à l’école. You are going to yawn at school.
ils vont bailler Ils vont bailler pendant la conférence. They are going to yawn during the conference.
elles vont bailler Elles vont bailler après avoir parlé. They are going to yawn after talking.

Other Conjugations for Bailler.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler    (this article)

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler
   

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bailler

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Bailler – About the French Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense

The French futur proche, also known as the near future tense, is a verb tense used to express actions or events that will happen in the near future. It’s a relatively simple tense to form and is commonly used in everyday conversation in the French language.
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Formation

To form the futur proche, you typically use the present tense conjugation of the verb “aller” (to go) and follow it with the infinitive of the main verb:

1. Conjugate “aller” in the present tense according to the subject pronoun:

   – Je vais (I am going)
   – Tu vas (You are going)
   – Il/elle/on va (He/she/one is going)
   – Nous allons (We are going)
   – Vous allez (You are going)
   – Ils/elles vont (They are going)

2. Add the infinitive of the main verb immediately after “aller.” For example:

   – Je vais manger (I am going to eat)
   – Tu vas étudier (You are going to study)
   – Il va partir (He is going to leave)
   – Nous allons danser (We are going to dance)
   – Vous allez voyager (You are going to travel)
   – Ils vont travailler (They are going to work)

Common Everyday Usage

The futur proche is used to talk about actions or events that are expected to happen in the near future. It is often used in casual, everyday conversations to discuss plans, intentions, or predictions. For instance:
– Je vais faire les courses demain. (I am going to do the grocery shopping tomorrow.)
– Ils vont regarder un film ce soir. (They are going to watch a movie tonight.)
– Tu vas rencontrer Sophie à la gare. (You are going to meet Sophie at the train station.)

Interactions with Other Tenses

The futur proche is used to talk about the near future and should not be confused with the futur simple (simple future), which is used to discuss events that will happen further in the future. Here are some interactions with other tenses:

Present Tense

The futur proche is often used to express actions happening in the near future alongside actions in the present tense. For example: “Je travaille demain” (I am working tomorrow).

Past Tense

When narrating events in the past, the futur proche can be used to describe what was about to happen at a specific point in time. For example: “Il est arrivé à l’aéroport, mais son avion allait partir” (He arrived at the airport, but his plane was about to leave).

Conditional Tense

The futur proche can also be combined with the conditional to express future actions that are contingent on certain conditions. For example: “Si j’ai le temps, j’irai au cinéma ce soir” (If I have time, I will go to the cinema tonight).

Summary

The French futur proche is a versatile tense used to describe actions or events that will occur in the near future. It’s commonly used in everyday conversation to discuss plans, intentions, and predictions, and it interacts with other tenses to provide context for different time frames.

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