Mandarin Chinese Grammar for Pimsleur Students/Future tense
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Future tense[edit | edit source]
The future tense is generally indicated by the auxiliary verb 要 (yào). 会 (huì) can also be used in the same way. The difference in meaning is slight; 要 conveys more of a "plan to" or "going to" meaning, while 会 means a default "will," indicating that the speaker is rather confident that the following action will happen, at least when compared to 要.
|我们要坐飞机去 ◦||wŏmen yào zuò fēijī qù.||We will travel by airplane.|
|我要现在吃午饭 ◦||wŏ yào xiàn zài chī wŭfàn.||I am going to have lunch now.|
|要几个小时 ?||yào jĭ ge xiăoshí?||How many hours is it going to be?|
|我会迟到。||wŏ huì chí dào.||I will be late.|