Questions about the tense of future events talked about in the past.

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When should I use “Would”, “Would have”, “Will”, and “Will have”?

I hope someone, once and for all, can clarify (with examples) the difference in usage of will vs. would vs. would have vs. will have.
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Would VS Would Have PP

I have some problem to understand the true usage of “would” and “would have pp”. I have already reviewed many forums and websites, but I have not managed to come to any conclusion.I have some problem ...
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“Paul would later transfer to McKinley High and join Kevin and Winnie.”

I read the following: After graduating from Junior High, Kevin and Winnie both go to McKinley High and Paul attends a prep school. Paul would later transfer to McKinley High and join Kevin and ...
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“Will be/would have been home tomorrow”

Which is correct? He promised that he will be home tomorrow. He promised that he would have been home tomorrow.
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“is to” + verb, “was to” + verb

I've got a sentence that I can't quite well understand. My problem in the sentence is the "were to play" part. How does it change the meaning of the sentence? Does it mean that this was an action in ...
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Past plans for the future

I am struggling to decide the correct tense / verb usage where one wishes to express some past plan for the then future: We agreed that, when xyz happens, we would do abc. We agreed that, ...
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“when would” vs “when will”

I'm trying to ask a question about the future. So which form of the verb "will" should I use? So, when will it be there? So, when would it be there?
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Can we use should /would and /could in Future perfect tense

I would have finished my home work by evening . He should have been more careful. Can these be used as future perfect tense ?
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Usages of word Would

I have some problem to understand the true usage of “would”. I have already reviewed many forums and websites, but I have not managed to come to any conclusion upon which it can cover all cases I am ...
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“I was going to be called Kate if I was a girl”

This is an excerpt from a grammar book by Longman. It was discussing tense and time distinctions and the excerpt is about future time. As you can see in the next example, the reference can be to a ...
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“I was going to” expression. How to use it correctly?

I was going to pick you tomorrow from the airport (not a big deal to me, really), but remembered that tomorrow I'll be teaching the class, which ends at 8. in above example, I am trying to ...
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Isn't this against tense agreement?

When I got home yesterday, John called and said he will arrive next week. (Wikipedia) Wikipedia says the sentence above is possible. Does it not break the tense agreement when there’s no ...
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Meaning of sentence with 'would'

The sentence is: What would the people eat? Can it mean "What are the people going to eat?" in future Or, "What were the people going to eat?" talking about future from past Or, both?
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“Would remain” vs. “would have remained”

What's the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? He thought that he would remain young. He thought that he would have remained young.
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The future as reported in the past

Is (1) correct, or must it be written as (2)? John told me yesterday that this contract will not be renewed when it ends next month. John told me yesterday that this contract would not be ...