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Chapter 18: The verb werden

  18.5 Werden to form the future

Besides that
werden describes all types of changes it also has the function of being the modal verb to form the future. The English has two types of future - the compound future I and the be-going-to-future.

Compound future I
  I will go to Italy.
  You will go to France.
  He will go to Spain. / She will go to Peru.
  We will go to Europe.
  You will go the Australia
  They will go to the moon.
  Be-going-to future
  I am going to kick your ...
  You are going to kick mine.
  He / she is going to kick theirs.
  We are going to kick his.
  You are going to kick hers.
  They are going to kick nobody's.

In German there is only one form of future - similar to the compound future I (with the modal verb will). It is formed with a conjugated form of werden and the infinitive of the verb.

Werden +   infinitive (read, write, swim, work)
  ich werde lesen, schreiben, schwimmen, arbeiten
  du wirst lesen, schreiben, schwimmen, arbeiten
  er / sie / es wird lesen, schreiben, schwimmen, arbeiten
  wir werden lesen, schreiben, schwimmen, arbeiten
  ihr werdet   lesen, schreiben, schwimmen, arbeiten
  sie werden   lesen, schreiben, schwimmen, arbeiten  

Examples
  Ich werde das Buch lesen. = I will read the book.
  Du wirst nach Italien fahren. = You will go to Italy.
  Wir werden ein Auto kaufen. = We will buy a car.

You will notice that the word order is again the same as with other compound tenses as described in chapter 15.7
subject + conjugated verb + object I + object II + attribute + infinitive verb (resp. perfect participle).

Also the word order of compound tenses even with
modal verbs is the same as described before. The infinitive modal verb is the very last in the word order.

Word order of future with modal verbs
  Wir werden uns ein Auto mieten müssen. = We will have to rent a car.
  Ihr werdet eure Kleider waschen wollen. = You will want to wash your clothes.
  Wir werden es können müssen. = We will have to know it.
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