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Watch or read the explanation and examples on this part of Frisian grammar: future tense with 'sille'. Also: learn how to practice Frisian grammar.
Naturally Frisian also has a future tense. The verb “sille” (shall) is used to express an intention or a future tense.
“Wat sille jim útfine?” What are you going to do? “Ik sil yn ‘e bibleteek studearje.” I’m going to study in the library. This is the present tense of “sille”. “Ik sil”, “do silst”, “hy sil”, “sy sil”, “it sil”, “wy sille”, “jim sille”, “sy sille”, “jo sille”.
The verb “sille” is a modal verb. And so the construction follows the same pattern. Subject, “sille”, rest, action verb. For example, “Ik sil drave.” I’m going to run. “Hy sil takom jier wer studearje.” Next year he’s going to study again. “Ik sil oer in healoere te sporten.” In half an hour, I’m going to do some exercise.

Watch the video about the future tense with sille and read the explanation below.

Future tense with sille

The verb sille (shall) can be used to express an intention or a future tense.

This is the present tense of sille:

ik sil
do silst
hy – sy/se – it sil
wy/we sille
jim sille
sy/se sille
jo sille

Word order

The verb sille is a modal verb and so the construction follows the same pattern:

subject – sille – rest – action verb

For example:

Ik sil drave. I am going to run.
Ik sil oer in healoere te sporten. In half an hour I am going to do some exercise.
Hy sil takom jier wer studearje. Next year he is going to study again.


Sentences with sille and an action verb express an intention, like ‘going to’:

Wat sille jim útfine? What are you going to do?
Ik sil yn ‘e bibleteek studearje. I am going to study in the library.

Practise with Quizlet

Would you like to practise Frisian grammar? Please visit our grammar section on the future tense with ‘gaan’ on Quizlet (you might like to open this link in a new window).

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