Expressing future options


Kwiziq community member

28 December 2018

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Expressing future options

In the text the English phrase "It is going to be great" is rendered in the proximate future as "ça va être sympa".

I understand why this is correct, but I'm wondering would French people ever use the simple future tense here instead?  Something like "ça sera sympa"?



This question relates to:
French writing exercise "New Year's plans"


Kwiziq community member

28 December 2018


Salut Stuart !

As far as I know, le futur proche is: 1. more commonly used in spoken French, 2. used when something is almost certainly going to happen soon. 

Le futur simple, on the other hand, is on a much larger scale, planned but vague whether it will happen or not (Ex: Un jour, je serai riche; or a child saying what he/she will be when older: Quand je serai grand, je serai professeur).Another use of le futur simple would be hypothetical situations, like if it rains tomorrow, I will stay home (S'il pleut demain, je resterai à la maison).

So they say ça va être sympa because it is happening very soon and they are almost certain that they will have a good time.

I hope this explanation helps!

Bonne continuation !

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