Conjugate -éXer, -eXer, -eter, -eler verbs in Le Futur (future tense)

Just like in Présent indicatif, semi-regular -ÉxER, -ELER and -ETER verbs (See Conjugate -é(-)er, -e(-)er verbs in Le Présent (except -eter and -eler), Conjugate -eter and -eler verbs in Le Présent - main rule (ll / tt) and Conjugate -eter and -eler verbs in Le Présent - exceptions in 'è') behave differently to regular verbs in Futur Simple.

Verbs in -ÉxER :

compléter (to complete)

je compléterai / complèterai
tu  compléteras / complèteras
il/elle/on       complétera / complètera
nous compléterons / complèterons
vous compléterez / complèterez
ils/elles  compléteront / complèteront

préférer (to prefer)

je préférerai / préfèrerai
tu  préféreras / préfèreras
il/elle/on       préférera / préfèrera
nous préférerons / préfèrerons
vous préférerez / préfèrerez
ils/elles  préféreront / préfèreront
In Futur Simple, -ÉxER verbs have 2 accepted spelling patterns:
- They retain their original é(xER) in all forms
OR
- The é(xER) becomes è in all forms (This spelling was introduced in the 1990 Spelling Reform to reflect the actual pronunciation)

Listen to these examples:

Je ne le répéterai/répèterai pas deux fois.
I won't say (repeat) it twice.

Qu'est-ce que tu préféreras/préfèreras ?
What will you prefer?

Elle célébrera/célèbrera son nouveau permis de conduire.
She'll celebrate her new driving license.

Nous réglerons/règlerons l'addition la prochaine fois.
We'll pay the bill next time.

Vous ne vous inquiéterez/inquièterez pas trop ?
Won't you worry too much?

Les élèves compléteront/complèteront cet exercice avant la fin de la journée.
The pupils will complete this exercise before the end of the day.

Verbs in -ExER, -ETER and -ELER (è) :

lever (to raise/to lift)

je lèverai
tu  lèveras 
il/elle/on       lèvera 
nous lèverons 
vous lèverez 
ils/elles  lèveront

acheter (to buy)

j' achèterai
tu  achèteras 
il/elle/on       achètera 
nous achèterons 
vous achèterez 
ils/elles  achèteront 
In Futur Simple, these -ExER, -ETER and -ELER verbs retain the spelling modification é = è they had in Présent indicatif

ATTENTION: 

Unlike in Présent indicatif, these modifications happen for all forms, including nous and vous.

Listen to these examples:

Je me lèverai à 7 heures demain.
I'll get up at 7 tomorrow.

Tu rachèteras du lait en rentrant ?
Will you buy some more milk on your way back?

Il gèlera demain soir.
It will freeze tomorrow night.

Nous promènerons le chien après manger.
We'll take the dog for a walk after lunch.

Quand est-ce que vous achèterez vos billets ?
When will you buy your tickets?

Ils congèleront ce qui reste.
They'll freeze what's left.


Verbs in -ETER and -ELER (ll) :

appeler (to call)

j' appellerai
tu  appelleras
il/elle/on       appeller
nous appellerons
vous appellerez
ils/elles  appelleront 

jeter (to throw)

je jetterai
tu  jetteras
il/elle/on       jetter
nous jetterons
vous jetterez
ils/elles  jetteront 

In Futur Simple, these -ETER and -ELER verbs retain the spelling modification el/et = ell/ett they had in Présent indicatif.

ATTENTION: 

Unlike in Présent indicatif, these modifications happen for all forms, including nous and vous.

Listen to these examples:

Je vous rappellerai dès que possible.
I'll call you back as soon as possible.

Il est sûr que tu rejetteras sa proposition.
He's sure you'll reject his offer.

Dis-lui qu'il la rappellera plus tard !
Tell her he'll call her back later!

Nous ne le jetterons pas à la poubelle cette fois !
We won't throw it away this time!

Vous jetterez un œil quand j'aurai fini.
You'll have a look when i'm done.

Ils appelleront leur fils Thor.
They'll call their son Thor.

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Quand est-ce que vous achèterez vos billets ?
When will you buy your tickets?


Dis-lui qu'il la rappellera plus tard !
Tell her he'll call her back later!


Je ne le répéterai/répèterai pas deux fois.
I won't say (repeat) it twice.


Vous ne vous inquiéterez/inquièterez pas trop ?
Won't you worry too much?


Je vous rappellerai dès que possible.
I'll call you back as soon as possible.


Nous promènerons le chien après manger.
We'll take the dog for a walk after lunch.


Il est sûr que tu rejetteras sa proposition.
He's sure you'll reject his offer.


Elle célébrera/célèbrera son nouveau permis de conduire.
She'll celebrate her new driving license.


Je me lèverai à 7 heures demain.
I'll get up at 7 tomorrow.


Vous jetterez un œil quand j'aurai fini.
You'll have a look when i'm done.


Tu rachèteras du lait en rentrant ?
Will you buy some more milk on your way back?


Nous ne le jetterons pas à la poubelle cette fois !
We won't throw it away this time!


Nous réglerons/règlerons l'addition la prochaine fois.
We'll pay the bill next time.


Les élèves compléteront/complèteront cet exercice avant la fin de la journée.
The pupils will complete this exercise before the end of the day.


À quelle heure est-ce que tu te lèveras ?
Ẁhat time will you get up?


Ils congèleront ce qui reste.
They'll freeze what's left.


Ils appelleront leur fils Thor.
They'll call their son Thor.


Nous amènerons Louise avec nous.
We'll take Louise with us.


Qu'est-ce que tu préféreras/préfèreras ?
What will you prefer?


Il gèlera demain soir.
It will freeze tomorrow night.


Q&A Forum 9 questions, 12 answers

Perrin B1Kwiziq community member

Why no double t for acheter (compléter, racheter) in the futur simple?

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Perrin,

I believe that it is because in the present tense these verbs have an accent (unlike jeter ,  je jette ----> je jetterai) :

J'achète -----> J'achèterai

Je complète ----> Je complèterai

Je répète -----> je répèterai 

etc.

Although you can also use an accute accent ( since 1990) it still feels very odd to me.

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Which rule or lesson suggests to you that these verbs ought to be spelled with a double "t"?

Perrin B1Kwiziq community member

Sorry about that:

Conjugate -éXer, -eXer, être, ever verbs in Le futur.

(jeter, j’etterai)

Cheers

Why no double t for acheter (compléter, racheter) in the futur simple?

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AaronC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

"Complètera" and "complétera" — are both spellings acceptable, or just one?

The quiz at the end of this lesson requires "complètera" and doesn't accept "complétera" even though the lesson says that both spellings are acceptable. I'm aware of the spelling reform, and am content to use the modern version, but the quiz just seems to contradict the lesson. Am I missing something?

I tried reporting this as a problem, but was redirected back here to submit it as a question to the French experts, so here I am.

Asked 4 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

As both spellings are correct, both ought to be accepted in the quiz. It probably just needs to be added as a correct solution to fix it.

AaronC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Chris, I believe you're right, and I'm going to re-report this issue from the quiz results page, as I don't have any indication that my post in this forum has helped fix the problem.

"Complètera" and "complétera" — are both spellings acceptable, or just one?

The quiz at the end of this lesson requires "complètera" and doesn't accept "complétera" even though the lesson says that both spellings are acceptable. I'm aware of the spelling reform, and am content to use the modern version, but the quiz just seems to contradict the lesson. Am I missing something?

I tried reporting this as a problem, but was redirected back here to submit it as a question to the French experts, so here I am.

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RobC1Kwiziq community member

Ted's Question

I'm also looking forward to an answer to Ted's question below. In addition, the lesson contains the heading 

VERBS IN -EXER, -ETER AND -ELER (È) :

  If in Exer the x stands for any other letter, that would include eler and eter, so why does the heading expressly state them?

Asked 4 months ago

Ted's Question

I'm also looking forward to an answer to Ted's question below. In addition, the lesson contains the heading 

VERBS IN -EXER, -ETER AND -ELER (È) :

  If in Exer the x stands for any other letter, that would include eler and eter, so why does the heading expressly state them?

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TedC1Kwiziq community member

the "eXer" verbs--what does this mean?

I find the use of the "X" here somewhat confusing. Is it standing in for "any consonant"? Or rather, any consonant except for "t" and "l"? If so, why does the first example show "compléter" as an example of a "eXer" verb? There seem to be two other ways of expressing this "any consonant" stand in on this site. I find "(-)" is used in some lessons, and "*" is used in others. None of the three are explained anywhere that I could find.

This seems needlessly confusing to me.

I just discovered this site and am very impressed otherwise.


Asked 5 months ago

the "eXer" verbs--what does this mean?

I find the use of the "X" here somewhat confusing. Is it standing in for "any consonant"? Or rather, any consonant except for "t" and "l"? If so, why does the first example show "compléter" as an example of a "eXer" verb? There seem to be two other ways of expressing this "any consonant" stand in on this site. I find "(-)" is used in some lessons, and "*" is used in others. None of the three are explained anywhere that I could find.

This seems needlessly confusing to me.

I just discovered this site and am very impressed otherwise.


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LewisC1Kwiziq community member

-ÉxER verbs have 2 accepted spelling patterns

complétera / complètera are both accepted spelling patterns per the lesson, yet in the Micro Kwiz I selected complétera which was marked as wrong and complètera was the correct answer. What's the difference?
Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Lewis,

Can you repost using  your 'Report it' button on your Correction Board as it will link directly to the quiz you are referring to and makes it easier for us to answer you...

-ÉxER verbs have 2 accepted spelling patterns

complétera / complètera are both accepted spelling patterns per the lesson, yet in the Micro Kwiz I selected complétera which was marked as wrong and complètera was the correct answer. What's the difference?

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JackC1Kwiziq community member

What is the reason for the accents on the e anyway?

If it can be e acute or e grave why not e natural?  The Academy should give preference to simpler solutions!

Asked 10 months ago
SteveB2 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Jack,

They are pronounced differently.

In general, one is able to pronounce French words correctly just by looking at their spelling.

This is not the case in English.

What is the reason for the accents on the e anyway?

If it can be e acute or e grave why not e natural?  The Academy should give preference to simpler solutions!

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HeyesC1Kwiziq community member

What are the -eler verbs that acquire an accent rather than a double l?

Asked 11 months ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Heyes !

The list of -eler / -eter verbs and their specific spelling rules can be found in the lessons linked at the beginning of this lesson : 

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-eter-and-eler-verbs-in-le-present-main-rule-ll-tt-e

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-eter-and-eler-verbs-in-le-present-exceptions-in-e-only

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

HeyesC1Kwiziq community member
Found them. Many thanks

What are the -eler verbs that acquire an accent rather than a double l?

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DonaldC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Compléter

Quelque fois, il est necessaire que j'utilise un dicitionnaire pour rechercher certains mots.  Normalement j'emploie <WordReference.  Ce dicitonnaire me dit que je dois placer un accent aigu au dessus la lettre <e>. D'après Kwiziq, on utilise un accent grève.  Lequel est correcte?
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Donald,

Les accents reflètent la prononciation courante du mot . Le verbe 'compléter' a un accent aigu mais quand il est conjugué , cela va changer selon la prononciation du mot.

Parlez-vous de la conjugaison au futur qui prend un accent grave ce qui me semble correct?

 

 

 

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Donald, 

Please take a look at the updated lesson ...

Compléter

Quelque fois, il est necessaire que j'utilise un dicitionnaire pour rechercher certains mots.  Normalement j'emploie <WordReference.  Ce dicitonnaire me dit que je dois placer un accent aigu au dessus la lettre <e>. D'après Kwiziq, on utilise un accent grève.  Lequel est correcte?

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DavidC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Completer - in future simple

The lesson - and the quizzes based on it - use the grave accent for all 6 endings in this tense.

But all of the online conjugators that I have checked with use the acute accent.

As do all of the exmples in context on the web.

Asked 1 year ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Apparently it's changed. (Also true of préférer)

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/compl%C3%A9ter

"One special case is the future stem, used in the future and the conditional. Before 1990, the future stem of such verbs was written compléter-, reflecting the historic pronunciation /e/. In 1990, the French Academy recommended that it be written complèter-, reflecting the now common pronunciation /ɛ/, thereby making this distinction consistent throughout the conjugation (and also matching in this regard the conjugations of verbs like lever and jeter). Both spellings are in use today."

 

Completer - in future simple

The lesson - and the quizzes based on it - use the grave accent for all 6 endings in this tense.

But all of the online conjugators that I have checked with use the acute accent.

As do all of the exmples in context on the web.

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