Kashmiri possesses three future tenses — simple, progressive, and perfect. Like Spanish, Hindustani, and Russian, Kashmiri verbs are conjugated. The simple future tense is the simplest of all tenses in Kashmiri, since it is very regular.
Infinitives and Stems
Nearly all infinitives (the dictionary form of verbs) end in -un. The infinitival form of the verb can also function as a noun. Without the -un, what you’re left with is the stem to which you can add endings to denote various grammatical features, tense being one of them.
Here are some examples of common verbs and their respective stems.
|chalun||to wash, clean||chal-|
|vúchun||to watch, view||vuch-|
|tsalun||to flee, leave, exit||tsal-|
n order to create the future tense of these verbs, all you have to do is add these endings.
|You (sg.), thou||-akh||You (pl.)||-iv|
|He, she, it||-i||They||-an|
As you can see, gender of the subject isn’t relevant isn’t the basic Simple Future tense and that’s one of the things that makes it the easiest tense to learn. Here are some English sentences with their Kashmiri counterparts:
I will go. Bú gatshu tot.
You (sg.) will see me. Tsú vúchakh me.
He will cook something. Su rani kenh.
We will run. Ásy duorav.
You (pl.) will wash clothes. Tuhy cheliv palav.
They will leave now. Tim tsalan vany.
There are some irregular verbs. Adding the future simple suffixes to these would lead to some vowel clusters, some of which are not allowed in Kashmiri. So an epenthetic vowel is inserted — either ‘m’ or ‘y’.
Remember that palatalisation is not indicated before an ‘e’ or an ‘i’ since the preceding consonant is considered to be always palatalised when followed by these two sounds.
yun ‘to come’
dyun ‘to give’
khyon ‘to eat’
cyon ‘to drink’
Again, some examples sentences:
I will eat everything. Bú khyame suoruy.
You (sg.) will give me everything. Tsú dikh me suoruy.
She will drink water. Swa ceyi triesh.
He will give everything. Su diyi suoruy.
We will come tomorrow. Ásy yimav pagah.
You (pl.) will eat now. Tuhy kheyiv vany.
They will drink milk. Tim cen dwad.