I am wondering how to use idiomatic expressions with avoir in the future tense.

To say "we are hot", we would say "nous avons chaud."

Do we still use the idiomatic expression in the future tense? How would it be phrased to indicate we are talking about the future?

  • You might write nous avons chaud but you would say on a chaud.
    – jlliagre
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 8:51

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You would simply use the future tense or use the auxiliary aller with infinitive construction. In your example, to say, "we will be hot," we would say "nous aurons chaud" or "nous allons avoir chaud."

This also extends to other constructions with avoir. Some other examples from the internet:

  • avoir soif/faim: Après un jeûne de Yom Kippour, vous aurez souvent plus soif que faim. (After fasting for Yom Kippur, you will generally be more thirsty than hungry.)

  • avoir tort: Vous aurez tort de rater [tel ou tel évènement]. (You will be wrong to miss [such or such an event].)

  • avoir honte: Vous aurez honte devant l'histoire. (You will be ashamed in the eyes of history.)

  • avoir froid: Nous allons avoir froid. (We will be cold.)

  • When modified like this, is it still considered an idiomatic expression? Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 14:52
  • @CanadianGirl: Yes, it's essentially just another conjugated form of the expressions.
    – Maroon
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 15:19
  • Thank you so much for your help! Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 15:38

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