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Pasar Future Tenses Conjugation

Instructor: Kristi Marie
'Pasar' is a Spanish verb that means 'to pass,' 'to happen,' or 'to spend.' We can conjugate it in the informal future or the simple future to talk about how we will spend time. We'll learn its future tense conjugations and see how it's commonly used.

Using Pasar

Have you ever wanted to talk about your future plans in Spanish? Pasar in the future tense allows us to do just that.

Pasar (pronounced: pah-SAHR) translates as 'to pass,' 'to happen,' or 'to spend,' and is a great way to communicate what we'll be doing. As in, 'I'll spend the afternoon learning about the verb, pasar!'

The Informal Future

With the informal future tense, we're usually talking about something that's going to happen soon, such as 'I'm going to spend the whole night dancing'.

Translation: We are going to spend time together on the beach.
beach

To conjugate pasar in the informal future, we use ir + a + pasar to say what is going to happen. For example, you could ask, 'What is going to happen this year?' To conjugate pasar in the él/ella/usted form, we would conjugate the verb ir but leave pasar as an infinitive, to make va a pasar.

VERB: pasar (pah-SAHR) - to pass, happen, spend

Subject Pronoun Pasar Informal Future Pronunciation Translation
yo voy a pasar boy ah pah-SAHR I'm going to spend
vas a pasar bahs ah pah-SAHR you (singular, informal) are going to spend
él/ella/usted va a pasar bah ah pah-SAHR he/she/you/it is going to spend
nosotros vamos a pasar BAH-mohs ah pah-SAHR we are going to spend
vosotros vais a pasar biys ah pah-SAHR you (plural, informal) are going to spend
ellos/ellas/ustedes van a pasar bahn ah pah-SAHR they/you (plural, informal or formal) are going to spend
  • Voy a pasar toda la noche bailando. (I'm going to spend the whole night dancing.)
  • ¿Qué va a pasar este año? (What is going to happen this year?)

Example Conversation in Informal Future

Here's a conversation between Miguel and Rosalinda about how they're going to spend their time:

Miguel: ¿Cómo vas a pasar el día? (How are you going to spend the day?)

Rosalina: Voy a pasar todo el día en la playa con mis amigos. (I'm going to spend the whole day at the beach with my friends.)

Vamos a pasar mucho tiempo tomando el sol. ¿Y tú? (We're going to spend a lot of time sunbathing. And you?)

Miguel: Mis amigos van a pasar el día haciendo deporte en el parque. (My friends are going to spend the day doing sports in the park.)

Pero mi hermano va a pasar el día haciendo surf, y quiero pasar tiempo con él. (But my brother is going to spend the day surfing, and I want to spend time with him.)

Rosalinda: Si vais a pasar el día en la playa, podemos pasar tiempo juntos. (If you guys are going to spend the day at the beach, we can spend time together.)

The Simple Future

We can also conjugate the verb pasar in the simple future to say what will happen sometime later (not soon). For example, you could use this tense to say 'We will spend next year abroad.'

Translation: They will spend the whole day studying.
studying

The simple future tense is easy to conjugate because you just add the ending to the infinitive verb. For example, to conjugate pasar in the form, you'd simply add the ending, -ás, to the infinitive, pasar, to form pasarás.

VERB: pasar (pah-SAHR) - to pass, happen, spend

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