I'm puzzled by this tense. Is it typically used in conversation, or is it more frequently found in books?

I'm puzzled by this tense. Is it typically used in conversation, or is it more frequently found in books?

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Randy,

This tense is not as frequent as some of the others you have been studying but it denotes an action in the future which is prior to another action in the future. e.g.

Nous vous téléphonerons quand nous serons arrivésWe'll call you when we get there

1st action in the future = nous serons arrivés

2nd action in the future = nous vous téléphonerons

The 1st action uses the futur antérieur because it will happen before the 2nd action which is also in the future.

The problem I think is that in English after expressions of time like 'when''as soon as' etc.. the present tense is used. But this is not the case in French.

Take a look at the following lesson with lots of examples if things are still unclear -

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/using-le-futur-anterieur-after-quand-lorsque-apres-que-une-fois-que-to-express-when-after-ive-done-in-sentences-in-future-tense

Hope this helps!

Please post the sentence here. 
Merci Cécile!  That was a very concise and clear answer.  I totally understand now.

I'm puzzled by this tense. Is it typically used in conversation, or is it more frequently found in books?

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