Après que + le futur antérieur or après que + l'indicatif

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Ron

Kwiziq community member

28 October 2017

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Après que + le futur antérieur or après que + l'indicatif

How does one differentiate when to use each structure? I have reread each lesson and the thoughts are unclear. Merci en avance.

This relates to:
Quand, lorsque, après que, une fois que + Le Futur Antérieur = 'when, after I've done in the future -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2017

6/11/17

You use the future tense when to events happen in the future, regardless of their durations. For example: "Quand je serai vieux je vivrai à la campagne." Now let's make this into a bit contrived example using le futur antérieur: "Quand j'aurai vieilli, je vivrai à la campagne." The first example concerns two points in time: being old and living in the countryside. The second example is different: "when I will have aged" refers to the end of a process. Hence the futur antérieur. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2017

6/11/17

By the way, the example given in the lesson "When I have finished my work I will watch TV". This is, in fact, improper English since in English as well one would need to use the future perfect tense: "When I'll have finished my work I'll watch TV". -- Chris.

Sherry

Kwiziq community member

5 January 2018

5/01/18

Chris, it is proper English, at least in the U.S. I've never heard a native speaker say "when I'll have finished my work ...".

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

7 September 2018

7/09/18

Hi Ron,

Sorry about the delay in answering your question.

 Le Futur antérieur is an indicative tense.

In those examples you have to use it as you are talking about two actions in the future .

After/once you have done this, you will do that. 

One action precedes the other and takes the 'futur antérieur'.

In French ( unlike English) words like 'quand', 'lorsque' are followed by a future tense.

Hope this helps!

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