Le Futur Proche

In English, we can use the verb “to go” to indicate something that is going to happen in the immediate future, such as “I am going to sing in the choir.” The verb aller can be used the same way in French to indicate something that will happen in the near future. This is known as the futur proche (near future) and is very simple. Listen to the CD for the pronunciation of the following sentences:

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<tgroup cols="2"> <colspec colname="col1" colnum="1" colwidth="60%" colsep="0" rowsep="0" align="left"/> <colspec colname="col2" colnum="2" colwidth="40%" colsep="0" rowsep="0" align="left"/> <tbody> <tr> <td><p><emphasis>Je vais chanter à la chorale</emphasis>.</p></td> <td><p>I am going to sing in the choir.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><emphasis>Je vais acheter un billet</emphasis>.</p></td> <td><p>I am going to buy a ticket.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><emphasis>Je vais vendre le livre</emphasis>.</p></td> <td><p>I am going to sell the book.</p></td> </tr> </tbody> </tgroup> </table> <!--/gc--> <div id="pagination"><ul><li class="prev"><a href="http://www.netplaces.com/french/forming-the-future-tense/english-future-tense-constructions.htm" title="English Future-Tense Constructions">English Future-Tense Constructions</a></li><li class="next"><a href="http://www.netplaces.com/french/forming-the-future-tense/le-futur-simple.htm" title="Le Futur Simple">Le Futur Simple</a> 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