Use El Futuro Próximo (not El Presente Progresivo) for future arrangements

In Spanish, we use El Futuro Próximo, e.g. "voy a comprar, vas a comprar, va a comprar, etc" when we are talking about things that we've arranged for the future.

Have a look at the following examples:

Voy a comprarme una casa en las afueras de Madrid.
I am buying a house on the outskirts of Madrid.

Ella va a apuntarse al curso de yoga de los martes.
She is signing up for the yoga classes on Tuesdays.

Los estudiantes van a sorprender a la maestra con un ramo de flores.
The students are surprising the teacher with a bunch of flowers.

Notice how in Spanish, El Futuro Próximo is used but in English El Presente Progresivo is used instead.

Remember: to express what you are doing in the future as an already decided and arranged for action in the future, use El Futuro Próximo, not El Presente Progresivo

For example:

I've decided to go to Barcelona this coming Saturday:

"Voy a ir a Barcelona este sábado." (correct)

"Estoy yendo a Barcelona este sábado." (incorrect)

(I am going to Barcelona this Saturday.)

See also a more basic lesson on El Presente Progresivo and El Futuro Próximo:

Using El Presente Progresivo instead of El Presente (temporary vs permanent actions)

Conjugate ir + a + infinitive = to be going to (near future)

Learn more about these related Spanish grammar topics

Examples and resources

Los estudiantes van a sorprender a la maestra con un ramo de flores.
The students are surprising the teacher with a bunch of flowers.


Ella va a apuntarse al curso de yoga de los martes.
She is signing up for the yoga classes on Tuesdays.


Voy a comprarme una casa en las afueras de Madrid.
I am buying a house on the outskirts of Madrid.


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