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

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Randy

Kwiziq community member

2 August 2018

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

This relates to:
Conjugate avoir, être, faire and other irregular verbs in Le Futur Antérieur (future perfect) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2018

3/08/18

Please post the sentence here. 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

4 August 2018

4/08/18

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!

Randy

Kwiziq community member

4 August 2018

4/08/18

Merci Cécile!  That was a very concise and clear answer.  I totally understand now.

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