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

Introduction to the verb bidouiller

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The English translation of the French verb bidouiller is to tinker or to fiddle with something. It is pronounced “bee-doo-ee-yay”.

The origin of the word bidouiller is uncertain, but it is believed to come from the word “bidouille” which means gadget or contraption. It is most often used in everyday French in the futur proche tense, which is the near future tense formed by using the verb “aller” (to go) followed by the infinitive form of the verb.

Some examples of bidouiller in the futur proche tense are:

  1. Je vais bidouiller cette vieille radio pour essayer de la réparer. (I’m going to tinker with this old radio to try and fix it.)
  2. Ils vont bidouiller leur voiture pour lui donner plus de puissance. (They’re going to fiddle with their car to give it more power.)
  3. Tu vas encore bidouiller ton téléphone ? Il serait peut-être temps d’en acheter un nouveau. (Are you going to tinker with your phone again? Maybe it’s time to buy a new one.)

English translations:

  1. I’m going to tinker with this old radio to try and fix it.
  2. They’re going to fiddle with their car to give it more power.
  3. Are you going to tinker with your phone again? Maybe it’s time to buy a new one.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je vais bidouiller Je vais bidouiller mon ordinateur. I am going to tinker with my computer.
tu vas bidouiller Tu vas bidouiller ta voiture. You are going to tinker with your car.
il va bidouiller Il va bidouiller son vélo. He is going to tinker with his bike.
elle va bidouiller Elle va bidouiller son appareil photo. She is going to tinker with her camera.
on va bidouiller On va bidouiller la machine à laver. We/One are going to tinker with the washing machine.
nous allons bidouiller Nous allons bidouiller la télévision. We are going to tinker with the TV.
vous allez bidouiller Vous allez bidouiller le four. You are going to tinker with the oven.
ils vont bidouiller Ils vont bidouiller le moteur. They are going to tinker with the engine.
elles vont bidouiller Elles vont bidouiller le jardin. They are going to tinker with the garden.

Other Conjugations for Bidouiller.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bidouiller
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bidouiller – 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.
NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

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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