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Ir + a + Infinitive Verb: An Alternative to the Future Tense

Somos dos, nunca sola vas a ir

We are two, you will never go alone

Caption 17, Liquits - Desde Que

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Somos dos, juntos vamos a vivir

We are two, together we will live

Caption 19, Liquits - Desde Que

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A quick word about the future tense in spoken Spanish: In many cases, it's simply not used. Instead, you commonly hear the present tense of ir (voy, vas, va, vamos, van) followed by a, followed by an infinitive of a verb (such as, ir or vivir). In this song by the Mexican group Liquits, the construction makes for some catchy refrains ("We are two, never alone you are going to go," and "We are two, together we are going to live.") In practical life, non-native Spanish speakers who know their ir may be grateful to buy some extra time to think of just the right vocabulary to express themselves. Voy a... voy a... voy a aprender a hablar con más fluidez, you might finally come out and say. The same sentence using the future tense? Aprenderé a hablar con más fluidez.

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