Future: The Easiest Tense in Arabic

Most people start their Arabic studies with the past tense. In English, the standard form for verbs is present tense. 

Think of a word like “write” it’s present tense and you can change it to make it past, future, or any of the other 87 tenses that we have in English. Think of words like “wrote” “written” and “will write.” (Ok, to be honest, I really don’t know how many there are.)

In Arabic, the past tense is the standard form of the verb. For example:

كَتَبَ means "he wrote"

كتب  is 3 letters, which is the simplest form of the verb.  We add letters (or sometimes words) to it in order to change it’s tense. This is why most Arabic classes start out with past tense verbs.

But the problem with that is, we don’t use past tense verbs much in everyday speaking, especially as moms. We mostly use the command form or present tense. 

That’s why I’ve been focusing more on these tenses in the past few weeks. They’re much more useful to the beginning Arabic speaker. 

In our online course, the first verbs you’ll learn are present tense. Once you know the present tense in Arabic, it’s super easy to form commands and to make the future tense.

Ok, enough talk, let’s learn how to make the future tense in Arabic. Ready?

You add َس.

Yep. That’s it. Add س and your present tense word will be future tense. Here’s an example:

For more practice, check out our blog post on How to Make Wudu. Add  َس to each word to make it the future.

One way to make your practice more natural is to ask your kids questions about the actions in the future. For example, instead of saying “What do we say?” 

Just switch it to “What will we say?” To say this, all you have to do is add سَ to the verb in your questions!

In the wudu blog post, you’ll notice that the verbs start with أ or ت. The great thing about future tense is that it doesn’t matter at all. Just add your س and the word becomes future tense!

Use this video to practice saying words with your kids in the past, present, and future.

In Arabic, almost every word can be traced back to a 3 letter, past tense verb. This can give us a lot of infomation about what the word means.

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