In grammar, a future tense is a verb form that marks the event described by the verb as not having happened yet.

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conditional use of “will” to indicate something that happens in the future

A friend of mine is not a native speaker and he often says the following: "Make sure you'll do that." I'm trying to explain why this should be: "Make sure you do that." My explanation is as follows: ...
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Future tenses complication [on hold]

I've been doubting the proper use of future tenses recently, so which one do you consider to be more correct? I am arriving there on September 25th. or I will be arriving on September 25th.
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Example of future subjunctive?

I received an email suggesting that we do something: "next week, when we would have been" doing something else. Would you call this an example of future subjunctive? If not, then what? Perhaps ...
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Past present future all in one word?

Does the English language have a mechanism for expressing past, present and future tense simultaneously? In other words, consider the following three sentences: 1) The force was with me. 2) The ...
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Trying to understand the sentence: “doesn't” vs “will not” [closed]

While doing an exercise, I came across the following sentence: If a Carl doesn't come to the party, I'll be really upset. Shouldn't be it like this? If a Carl will not come to the party, I'...
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“shall” vs. “will” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'shall' and 'will' Is there any difference at all between these two sentences? What will we talk about? What shall we talk about?
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will or be going to in a conversation

Two guys are talking and want to know what's the main difference in choosing will or be going to. — Look! Tom's windsurfing. Are you going to / Will you have a go, too? I think we can use both, ...
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Be Going to vs. Present Continuous

Which of these is the grammatically correct form: Where are you going to apply? Where are you applying?
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Using “will” after “if”

I've been told that native-speakers don't ever use "will" after "if", and that saying it this way is a not-native style. So from the film (Harry Potter, pt5) I noticed a line that confused me. Look ...
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Double use of future tense after “I hope that”

I was wondering whether it was correct to use "will" twice in the following sentence: I hope that 2016 will be the year I will get to travel. Using the present tense in the second half of the ...
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How do I refer to the “will + infinitive” and “am/is/are + going to + infinitive” future tenses separately?

If I wanted to refer to either of these future-tense constructions independently of the other, what would be the best way to do so? "will + infinitive" "am/is/are + going to + infinitive" It ...
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Action chain in future

I should write a letter with programme for visitor. The programme describes actions which will be in future. My text contain a lot of "will" and it confuses me, e.g. I will meet you when you arrive ......
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“The train will leave” vs. “is going to leave” vs. “leaves” vs. “is leaving”

From the grammatical point of view all are correct, just the meaning are different, please bring your clarification, thank you. The Train will leave at 10:00 tomorrow morning. The Train is ...
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“We eat when I say we eat!”

"Quiet! We eat when I say we eat!" "OK, we wait for your say-so." Why can we omit the first "will" in sentences such as: "We will eat when I say so!" "We will eat, when I say 'we eat'!" "We ...
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Future tense usage: “When you see it …”

I wonder why the phrase is "When you see it you will shit brix," and not "When you will see it you will shit brix." Is the version with two will incorrect? What grammar rule says that you should not ...
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Difference between “when” and “if” in a sentence

I was doing a grammar activity and filling in sentences when I came across the instruction: "fill in when or if." I was wondering, since these two can be used in a lot of same sentences, what is the ...
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What tense is it when a commentator says “this is always happening” for a future move?

You hear it often when someone is commentating on a turn based strategy game like chess. For example it's white to play and black has the good move RxB which cannot be avoided. The commentator will ...
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“I would like” or “I will like”?

If I was to be asked a question like: "What will the witches look like?", how will I respond to it would I say The witches would look like... or The witches will look like.... The example shows ...
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“Will” and “going to” (Murphy's ‘Grammar in Use’ exercise)

Here is an example from Murphy's grammar textbook: You are in a restaurant. You and your friend are looking at the menu. Maybe your friend has decided what to have. You ask her/him. You: What ...
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Do you use “going to present” or “will present”? -The Future

I'm currently preparing a speech for a debate for my school subject "Global Studies" and during that speech I have to explain our teamline so I thought about starting with "I'm going to start with..", ...
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When exactly are we looking back at the past from future. Is it at the start of the due time or at the end of the due time? [duplicate]

My question is simple and specific. Please look at the following What is the difference between I will submit the report by 5 pm tomorrow. I will have submitted the report by 5 pm tomorrow. ...
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What tense is “If I were a bird, I could fly”

The sentence is not referring to any time past, present of future. It's just referring to an imaginary condition which has never existed and seemingly will never exist. Still, the sentence and other ...
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Where should the adverb “soon” be positioned?

It says that the position of adverbs should come before the verb and the example they give is: We will soon have a break. In this example, is it not acceptable to have the adverb after the verb: ...
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Using “will” after “when” referring to the future [closed]

I'm going to send an email to a professor. There is a sentence that I think may be wrong because I'm not sure about using will after when, even though it obviously refers to the future. But ...
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Use of 'already' in future tenses

I understand that 'already' is good friends with perfect tenses and it can also be used with the present and the past, but what about future tenses? I found the following sentences on the Internet: ...
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When should I use “shall” versus “will”?

Which is the correct use of these two words, and in which context should one be used rather than the other?
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Future tense of the word “Can” [duplicate]

What is the future tense of the word can? One way to express it is "will be able to", but what is actually the future tense of "can" ?
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I hope you get better vs. I hope you will get better [duplicate]

I'm an English speaker, and someone asked me why we say: I hope you get better soon. rather than I hope you will get better soon. Technically, you can say both. But why is the first ("I ...
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I hope you live / I hope you will live

What is a correct way to say it: I hope you live for many years. or I hope you will live for many years? I am really confused by it since I've seen quotes of famous writers that said live but an ...
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Difference between: “would be”, “will be”, and “is/are -ing”

Which one is correct? Heard you would be going. Heard you will be going. Heard you are going. What differences are there?
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If I 'will' have the chance to go to the US [closed]

Is it wrong to say "If I will have the chance to go to the US..."? This is in the context of expressing one's dream/plan in the future. Is it better to say "If I have the chance (in the future, say 10 ...
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Name of phenomenon when you place a word(s) between 'will' and the verb?

When you split 'will' away from the verb that it is putting into the future tense, what do you call it? For example: We will then analyse this information. This is similar to splitting the ...
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“He likes it tomorrow” / “We leave for Hawaii tomorrow” - Why is the first sentence bad?

The following sentences sound right to me: The package arrives tomorrow. (The package is going to arrive tomorrow) We leave for Hawaii tomorrow. (We are going to leave for Hawaii tomorrow) ...
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..until the issue will be resolved. WILL?

I always thought you cannot use a future tense after "until" or "unless". But recently, in a very famous IT system, I found the following: An estimate of how much work remains until this issue ...
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When do I have to use 'will' instead of 'going to'?

Does going to only express an intention and will some kind of prediction that doesn't necessarily happen? EDIT: Thanks for all your answers. I asked this question because I always fail to complete ...
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When do I use Present Continuous for near future instead of “be going to”?

I am reading this lesson about present continuous. As the writer states USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in ...
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Is it correct to use have been after future action?

I'm new here and want to improve my English skills. There is a sentence as follows: Will be invoked on amount value change. Additionally invokes 'onInvalidate' method if validator defined and ...
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“I am going to attend” vs “I am attending”

Which of these two statements seems to be more appropriate? I am attending a meeting tomorrow. I am going to attend a meeting tomorrow. I am quite not sure which one to use.
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Future tense “will be”

Which tense would be most appropriate in next sentence: "Providing the correct software (to be) available, I should be able to help them with their problems" I would go for "will be" but I am not ...
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'future in the future' tense in English?

I had an idea for a trilogy of novels with the first written in the past tense, the second in the present tense, and the third in the future tense. Why hasn't anyone done this before? I thought. Then ...
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Why the future tense? [duplicate]

When we have trouble with starting a car we say "Oh no, the car won't start." Why do we use future tense here?
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Why do we say “It's time we ate” and not “It's time we eat”?

Why do we use the simple past but not the present or future in the following expressions: Don't you think it's time we went a little further Don't you think it's time we ate Don't you ...
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Omitting “will” from a sentence

I am writing an essay and I am not sure whether I should place "will" in this sentence or not. The experience I will gain living in Panama will assist me in understanding how Central Americans ...
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Both forms of future continuous in the same sentence

I did an online quiz and I wish someone to tell me why my answer was reported to be incorrect. In the sentence below, I selected "She is going to be preparing dinner" but apparently the correct answer ...
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Using future perfect vs future perfect continuous [closed]

What's the difference between these two sentences: By the time he come back home, she will have worked for 45 minutes. and By the time he come back home, she will been working for 45 minutes....
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Is “am going” a verb phrase?

What part of a sentence is the phrase "am going", as in "I am going to pray"?
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Big Picture vs Long run vs Long Term

When people talk about things in the future like plans for instance, what is the difference between these 3? So let's say you were talking about smoking. In the big picture, smoking will cause ...
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Usage of future perfect

I have a question about the usage of the future perfect thingy: I know that it is used to talk about a completed action before a time in future, but is it wrong to use just plain future simple in this ...
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What’s the difference between “Are you going” and “Will you go”?

What’s the difference between these two alternatives: Are you going to England this summer? Will you go to England this summer?