past, present, and future tenses

Robert-C7 January 3, 2015, 9:42 pm
Rosetta Stone attempts to represent past, present, and future tenses like this.

tā yóu yǒng le
他游泳了
he swam

tā zài yóu yǒng
他在游泳
he is swimming

tā yào yóu yǒng
他要游泳
he will swim

The first two (past, present) make perfect sense to me. The last example (future) looks like it could be interpreted as "he wants to swim". Is 要 (yào) the closest we can get to asking about something in the future?
past, present, and future tenses
handyman March 24, 2015, 6:26 pm
I think to indicate that he is about to swim you would need to add
le 了 to the end  the sentence. 他要游泳了 Ta yao youyong le。 To
express "will do" I usually use 会 hui. 她明天会去到北京。Ta mingtian qu dao
Beijing. Tomorrow she will go to Beijing.
past, present, and future tenses

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