Future with ir + a in Spanish Grammar

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What does ir a mean in Spanish?

The structure ir + a + verb is known as the futuro próximo. It is common in spoken Spanish to express actions and intentions for the near future, similar to going to in English.

Hoy voy a cocinar para todos. = Tonight I’m going to cook for everyone.

The future with ir a is not actually a tense in Spanish, it’s a verbal periphrasis, but it often replaces the Spanish future simple tense.

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¡Qué desastre de oficina! Ahora mismo voy a ordenar todos los clasificadores y las carpetas y le voy a pedir ayuda a mi compañero de trabajo.

Además, a partir del mes que viene voy a tener más trabajo que nunca, así que prometo que de ahora en adelante voy a ser más ordenado.

When to use the future with ir + a in Spanish grammar

The future with ir + a expresses the following:

  • plans or intentions for the near future.
Ahora voy a ordenar los clasificadores y las carpetas.Now I’m going to organise the folders and files.
Le voy a pedir ayuda a mi compañero de trabajo.I’m going to ask my colleague for help.
  • logical conclusions based on the present situation or the circumstances at the moment of speaking.
Con tanto tráfico, vamos a llegar tarde.With all this traffic, we’re going to be late.

How to form the future with ir + a

To conjugate the future with ir + a , we use the present tense of the verb ir + the preposition a + the infinitive of the main verb. In this context, the verb ir has no meaning, it is just an auxiliary verb.

Person ir Infinitive
yo voy a




el/ella/usted va
nosotros/-as vamos
vosotros/-as vais
ellos/ellas/ustedes van

Reflexive Verbs

When the infinitive is a reflexive verb, the reflexive pronoun (me, te, se, nos, os, se) can come at the very beginning or can be attached to the infinitive.

mudarsemoveyo me voy a mudar / voy a mudarme
te vas a mudar / vas a mudarte
él/ella se va a mudar / va a mudarse
nosotros/-as nos vamos a mudar / vamos a mudarnos
vosotros/-as os vais a mudar / vais a mudaros
ellos/-as se van a mudar / van a mudarse

ir + a in other Tenses

We can use the ir + a structure to express an intention in other tenses. For example:

  • an intention in the past using the imperfecto or indefinido
    Yo iba a ver la tele, cuando hubo un corte de luz.I was going to watch television, but then there was a power failure.
  • an intention in the distant future using futuro simple or futuro compuesto
    Yo iré a verte cuando vivas en Londres.I will visit you when you live in London.
  • a possible intention using the conditional
    Yo iría a pasear al si no lloviese.I would go for a walk if it weren’t raining.
  • in a dependent clause that uses the subjunctive
    No creo que vayamos a pasear al parque.I don’t think we’ll go walking in the park.