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要 /yào/ means many things. It can mean TO WANT, TO NEED, SHOULD, it also expresses future tense – complex explanation HERE

We can translate the sentence 我要喝茶 /Wǒ yào hē chá/ as I WANT TO DRINK TEA or I WILL (I’M GOING TO) DRINK TEA

When we WANT to do something, we ARE ABOUT to do it – that might be the reason why these concepts are so close in Mandarin

Because 要 /yào/ can mean so many things, you shouldn’t interpret it strictly as a future tense

You should understand it simply as 要 /yào/, the total of these meanings (TO WANT, TO NEED, SHOULD, future tense) and translate it based on the context



Here are some examples of 要 /yào/ indicating the future tense.


Are you going as well?
你 也 要 去 吗?
Nǐ yě yào qù ma?
Are you coming tomorrow?
你 明天 要 来 吗?
Nǐ míngtiān yào lái ma?
It is going to rain in the afternoon.
下午 要 下雨。
Xiàwǔ yào xià yǔ.
Are you coming as well?
你 也 要 来 吗?
Nǐ yě yào lái ma?
I will think it over.
我 要 考虑。
Wǒ yào kǎolǜ.
Are you gonna come to the tearoom as well?
你 也 要 来 茶馆 吗?
Nǐ yě yào lái cháguǎn ma?


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