Recent past and near future

Recent past and near future

Learning Objectives 

  • Expressing the recent past with “venir de” + infinitive
  • Expressing the near future with “aller” + infinitive

Supplemental resources: Time phrases

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Key Words & Phrases

  • Le mois dernier
  • La semaine dernière
  • La semaine prochaine
  • Le mois prochain
  • Avant-hier
  • Hier
  • Demain
  • Après-demain


The recent past (up to 5.02)

The recent past

The near future

The near future

Bonjour de France: the recent past and the near future

Kwiziq: the recent past

Kwiziq: the near future

Kwiziq: the near future with reflexive verbs


Learn French Lab: example of passé récent

Learn French with Alexa: the near future

Français Facile avec Aïcha: the recent past and near future

YouLearnFrench: the near future



JPLinguistics: the recent past and the near future the recent past the near future

Lawless French: the recent past

Alpine French School: the near future

Speak Languages: time expressions

Learn French with Vincent: time phrases

French Linguistics: Time expressions


Français facile: practice the recent past

Tex’s French Grammar: practice the recent past

Français facile: practice the near future

Tex’s French Grammar: practice the near future

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

  • Your pen pal Antoine just messaged you. Write a response, using the recent past and the near future at least 3 times each. It does not matter whether what you have just done and your plans for the future are interesting or not – no one will be judging! What matters is practicing your grammar.

“Salut ! Comment vas-tu ?

Moi, je vais bien. Je viens de rentrer du travail. Je pense que je vais commander à dîner, je suis trop fatigué pour cuisiner ! Je vais me coucher tôt ce soir. Demain, je vais me lever tôt pour aller au marché.

Bonne soirée !


Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

Ask your French-speaking partner questions and talk about recent and future events with your French-speaking partner, using the recent past and near future. Try to use time phrases and adverbs such as “hier”, “demain”, ou “la semaine prochaine”.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Have a look at your calendar, diary, or think about recent past and near-future events such as birthdays, appointments, etc. Describe the events using the recent past and the near future.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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