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Curious about the Future Tense Part Two?

After Future Tense Part One, in Future Tense Part Two we are going to talk about another use of the future in Italian.

In fact, the Future is used not only to express an action that will happen in the future.

It is also used to express the speaker’s attitude towards the likelihood of what he is saying.

Let’s see some examples!

Italian English
  • Che ore sono?
  • Non lo so, saranno le 4.
  • What time is it?
  • I don’t know, it must be 4.
Non so quanti anni ha Luca, ne avrà 30. I don’t know how old is Luca, he must be 30.
Sta squillando il telefono, sarà mia madre. The phone is ringing, it must be my mum.


In all these examples, the Future doesn’t express anything that will happen or is going to happen in the future.

It actually refers to the present and expresses an hypothesis of the speaker.

Therefore we can use it when we are not sure about something which is very likely to be how we think.

Can you make another example to practice?

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