Future Tense in Moroccan Arabic

In this lesson we will talk about the future tense in Moroccan Arabic, the simple form used, and the word (prefix) that indicates the future, followed by examples. this lesson is quite easy but understanding the present tense will make it even easier. let’s start!

Future Tense In Moroccan Arabic

The Future Tense In Moroccan Arabic

The Word Of The Future: Ghadi/Gha

If you hear the word ghadi/غادي (going) in a sentence, that indicates that the person is talking about the future. note that the short form of ghadi is gha/غ and you can use the one you like.

The Future Tense Form In Moroccan Arabic

The future tense form in Darija follows this formula:

Future tense = ghadi/gha + the present form without the prefix ka/ta

Example: ktb (to write) in the future:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
IAna ghadi nktbأنا غادي نكتب
You (feminine, singular)Nti / Ntiya ghadi tktbiنتي / نتيا غادي تكتبي
You (masculine, singular)Nta / Ntaya ghadi tktbنتا / نتايا غادي تكتب
HeHowa ghadi yktbهو غادي يكتب
SheHia ghadi tktbهي غادي تكتب
We7na ghadi nktboحنا غادي نكتبو
You (plural)Ntuma ghadi tktboنتوما غادي تكتبو
TheyHuma ghadi yktboهوما غادي يكتبو

Example: ja (to come) in the future:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
IAna ghadi njiأنا غادي نجي
You (feminine, singular)Nti / Ntiya ghadi tjiنتي / نتيا غادي تجي
You (masculine, singular)Nta / Ntaya ghadi tjiنتا / نتايا غادي تجي
HeHowa ghadi yjiهو غادي يجي
SheHia ghadi tjiهي غادي تجي
We7na ghadi njiwحنا غادي نجيو
You (plural)Ntuma ghadi tjiwنتوما غادي تجيو
TheyHuma ghadi yjiwهوما غادي يجيو

Example: gls (to sit) in the future:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
IAna ghadi nglsأنا غادي نجلس
You (feminine, singular)Nti / Ntiya ghadi tglsiنتي / نتيا غادي تجلسي
You (masculine, singular)Nta / Ntaya ghadi tglsنتا / نتايا غادي تجلس
HeHowa ghadi yglsهو غادي يجلس
SheHia ghadi tglsهي غادي تجلس
We7na ghadi nglsoحنا غادي نجلسو
You (plural)Ntuma ghadi tglsoنتوما غادي تجلسو
TheyHuma ghadi yglsoهوما غادي يجلسو

Note that you can also conjugate the verb ghadi according to the pronoun, at the beginning I suggest that you keep things simple and use it as it is, but what about only saying (going)? :

Ghadi? Ghadya or Ghadyin?

Long story short, ghadya for feminine (including the pronoun I) and ghadyin for plural:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
I am going (male)Ana ghadiأنا غادي
I am going (female)Ana ghadyaأنا غاديا
You’re going (feminine, singular)Nti / Ntiya ghadyaنتي / نتيا غاديا
You’re going (masculine, singular)Nta / Ntaya ghadiنتا / نتايا غادي
He’is goingHowa ghadiهو غادي
She’s goingHia ghadyaهي غاديا
We’re going7na ghadyinحنا غاديين
You’re going (plural)Ntuma ghadyinنتوما غاديين
They’re goingHuma ghadyinهوما غاديين

Example of the future with ghadi conjugated, gls:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
I (masculine)Ana ghadi nglsأنا غادي نجلس
I (feminine)Ana ghadya nglsأنا غاديا نجلس
You (feminine, singular)Nti / Ntiya ghadya tglsiنتي / نتيا غاديا تجلسي
You (masculine, singular)Nta / Ntaya ghadi tglsنتا / نتايا غادي تجلس
HeHowa ghadi yglsهو غادي يجلس
SheHia ghadya tglsهي غاديا تجلس
We7na ghadyin nglsoحنا غاديين نجلسو
You (plural)Ntuma ghadyin tglsoنتوما غاديين تجلسو
TheyHuma ghadyin yglsoهوما غاديين يجلسو

And since ghadi means “going to” Ana ghadi l dar means: I’m going home, as simple as that.

We suggest that you revise the lesson about the present tense if you still have doubts about the form used.

Continue learning Moroccan Arabic with us here.

Happy learning!

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