Uses of the future

Uses of the future - penser que (to think that), savoir que...

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Uses of the future Note the following about when and when not to use the future in French:  Be careful to distinguish “will” as used to form the future and the verb  vouloir  (to wish, to want), which translates as “will” when it expresses “willingness”:  Je t'aiderai.  (I will help you.)  Veux-tu m'aider?  (Will you [do you wish, are you willing to] help me?)  The future tense is NOT used in French in a subordinate clause requiring the  subjunctive Je doute qu'il réussisse.  (I doubt he will succeed.)  When the main clause is in the present tense, the future or the present may be  used after  croire que  (to believe that), 
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Unformatted text preview: penser que (to think that), savoir que (to know that), esprer que (to hope that), and ne pas savoir si (to not know if) to express a future action: Je pense qu'il vient. Je pense qu'il viendra. I think he is coming (is going to come, will come). The future may be used conversationally to express probability or supposition, especially with avoir and tre: Elle ne mange rien. Elle sera malade. (She isn't eating anything. She must be sick.) Il crie de toutes ses forces. Il aura peur. (He's screaming at the top of his lungs. He must be afraid.)...
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