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Is the German future tense similar to the English future tense? Or is it different? Can i use it the same way as the English future tense?

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That is too vague a question to be properly answered here. Have you simply looked up the German future tense online? – emaltman May 17 '14 at 22:28

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Let's take a look at the different ways to talk about the future. The first form of future would be to take a sentence in the present and just add a temporal adverb which describes a point in the future, as in:

Morgen mache ich meine Hausaufgaben. | Tomorrow I do my homework.

Morgen bin ich am Hausaufgaben machen | Tomorrow I am doing my homework

The next step is the Futur I, which is formed with "werden + Infinitiv"

Morgen werde ich meine Hausaufgaben machen. | Tomorrow I will do my homework.

Morgen werde ich am Hausaufgaben machen sein. | Tomorrow I will be doing my homework.

And finally, there is Futur II, which is formed with "werden + Perfekt"

Morgen Abend werde ich meine Hausaufgaben gemacht haben. | Tomorrow evening I will have done my homework.

Morgen Abend werde ich am Hausaufgaben machen gewesen sein. | Tomorrow evening I will have been doing my homework.

So it seems that they are pretty similar and it is probably save to say, that you can use them equally.

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An edit is necessary to fix the disinformation here. First off, German does have the gerund, its just more rare. The progressive does exist as well, using the am+infinitive construction. – emaltman May 18 '14 at 3:32
You're right, I took another look and edited my answer. Please correct me if I'm wrong. – konkret May 19 '14 at 3:43

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