Mandarin Chinese Grammar for Pimsleur Students/Future tense

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Future tense[edit]

The future tense is generally indicated by the auxiliary verb 要 / yào.


yào will, want
我们坐飞机去 ◦ wŏmen yào zuò fēijī qù. We will travel by airplane.
现在吃午饭 ◦ yào xiàn zài chī wŭfàn. I am going to have lunch now.
几个小时 ? yào jĭ ge xiăoshí? How many hours is it going to be?