I am unable to find an example of a future tense Japanese verb.

  • No, it's the same as the present, and you must use context to determine it. But then again, English doesn't have a future tense either.
    – Kurausukun
    Oct 27, 2016 at 19:40
  • I believe that the word will is used for the future tense in most cases
    – Jack Bosma
    Oct 27, 2016 at 19:42
  • That's not a tense. Will is a modal verb in English. Time is not the same thing as tense.
    – Kurausukun
    Oct 27, 2016 at 22:06

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That's because there isn't a future tense in Japanese. The dictionary form of the verb acts as both present and future. The difference is inferred from context and the surrounding words.

A simple example:

I often eat cake
I will eat cake tomorrow

  • think of ikimasu. I am going....Oh when are you going? There is no need for future tense. You can use Ima for now if you need to
    – Escoce
    Feb 20, 2018 at 16:04

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