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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Mixing tenses in past tense fiction

In past tense works (novels, etc.) is there a place for some present tense verbs, such as "think" or "know" or "was." Example: I turned to leave, and he didn't try to stop me. I think I surprised ...
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Use of periphrastic do in future tense

I would like to know if the use of periphrastic do in the future tense is possible in English (whether in a special way or in a particular dialect of English) like in Breton (it's a correct form for ...
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will float or floats? [closed]

What's the difference between 1 and 2 below? 1. Oil will float on water. 2. Oil floats on water. The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English says of the first "used to say what always ...
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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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Can the verb “wish + that clause” express open possibility?

We often use "wish + that clause" to express a past/present counterfactual statement or a future unlikely event (i.e. remote possibility): I wish I hadn't quit my job. (But I quit my job.) I ...
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How would you use “can” in a future sentence?

If you purchase this then you will be able to do that. How can I write the quoted statement using can?
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Present instead of future?

I keep noticing that native speakers often times use present tense when, to my mind, they should use future: If you go straight, you (will) see a building. I can (will be able to) give you $5 ...
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“Has started” versus “will have started”

Which one of the following sentences is grammatically better? I hope she has started doing that by then. I hope she will have started doing that by then. Now, if I make it indirect, it will ...
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Future Progressive tense [duplicate]

I'm quite good at English,but not adept in it. Over a period of time I've gotten a good grip over it and I could ponder a lot about grammar in detail. I've doubt regarding the following Qs. and need ...
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Will / Going to [duplicate]

I'm having some troubles with the usage of will and going to in the future tense. I have searched this problem all over Google, but I can't seem to find the universal explanation (for example, one ...
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Is “will never have been” valid English?

I was reading this phrase "will never have been" and I was wondering what grammatical structure does it belong to / is it grammatical? I'm not sure why but it sounds weird. What is the difference ...
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The future tense (will / going to )? [closed]

Could anyone answer this then explain correctly? Choose : Be careful, you ..... your hand with that knife . will cut / are going to cut /are cutting
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'could have + past participle' to talk about possible events in the future

BACKGROUND In this earlier thread, Edwin Ashworth approved a use of 'could have + past participle' for the future event that was precluded by context as in: (1) Mary could have arrived tomorrow, ...
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Future Tense of Modal Verbs

All normal verbs can be conjugated in the future tense. e.g. I know, I will know. I do, I will do. But I have noticed that we cannot conjugate the modal verb can in the future tense. can, I ...
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present continuous vs future continuous

"Can I come and stay with you and Dad?" "Of course, dear. How long do you think you [____] (verb to stay)?" The question is, is it "are going to stay" or "are staying" (or some other choice), ...
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I am learning English because I will need it when I go abroad

Which ones of the following could be correct: I am learning English because I will need it when I go abroad. I am learning English because I need it when I go abroad. What I imply is that I ...
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“If I go..” vs. “If I will go..” referring to the future [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Future tense in conditional clauses Which one is correct? option 1: If I go there, I can meet her or option 2: If I will go there, I can meet her I clearly ...
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Putative should - what time does it express? [closed]

Here are some examples with the putative should. What is the factor which indicates the time reference expressed by the putative should in the examples? Being a foreigner to English I find it hard to ...
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Future Perfect and Future Simple [closed]

Which one of these sentences is correct? In ten years, flights from Medan to Papua will take less than an hour. or In ten years, flights from Medan to Papua will have taken less than an ...
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“I hope you'll do X” vs. “I hope you do X”

Both "I hope you'll read lots of good books this year" and "I hope you read lots of good books this year" are correct, right? Is one of them more common than the other? Is there any difference ...
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Is “the worst is yet to come” a future form for inanimate objects?

I hope the answers to this question will benefit anyone who studies English. I would like to understand the purpose of this future form in English: something + is/are + to + verb. At school we ...
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Usage of the Future Tense with a Conditional containing “unless”

Unless the plane encounters unexpected turbulence, it ------- in Iceland shortly before 5 P.M. In this conditional sentence using "unless", should the blank be filled with: 1) is arriving, 2) will ...
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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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'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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Does the verb 'prophesy' have a future tense or equivalent? [closed]

I was writing for a paper and was trying to write that a character will say a prophecy later in the story and was going to write "will prophecize" or something (although that is wrong according to ...
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two months later vs in two months

I've come across the adverb 'later' in the past tense to refer to something that takes place at a time following an earlier time e.g. "He resigned two months later" I wonder if we can also use it ...
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Is “will be going to” correct?

I was doing english exercises about the different types of future, when I saw "will be going to" among the answers I could give to a question. I've never heard it before, my teacher says it can be ...
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“It is to be discussed”, what is the infinitive doing in this sentence?

It is to be discussed. Is be + infinitive forming the future tense here? You are to be dressed and ready by 8:00. I was thinking it's almost commanding (or speaking of a command) but this ...
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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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How often do we use the “future perfect continuous” in everyday conversation? [closed]

Consider the following usage I will have eaten pizza by 5pm I will have been eating pizza How often do we use this type of grammatical structure? Honestly, I have never heard anyone using it ...
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Give you or Give it to you [closed]

I will give you I will give it to you Which one is correct?
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Doesn't, Isn't, or Won't? Which is correct?

I'm currently teaching Side by Side 4 and I'm quite confused which is the right answer for the activity. Page 68 teaches two phrases "I hope it rains tomorrow" and "I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow". ...
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Is this sentence in the Future Continuous?

Would be obliged if someone could clarify whether the following is in the Future Continuous tense. The Earth will be three degrees hotter by the year 2050. It seems so but I need to be ...
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“Boys will be boys!” Is 'will be' a future simple of 'be' or a present simple of modal auxiliary 'will'?

In the proverb: Boys will be boys! is 'will be' one verb or two? the future simple of 'be' (one verb)? or the present simple of modal auxiliary 'will' + the bare present infinitive of 'be' ...
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By this time tomorrow or at this time tomorrow or tomorrow at this time

I will be watching a movie at this time tomorrow. I will be watching a movie tomorrow at this time. I will be watching a movie by this time tomorrow. Which one is correct to use? Please ...
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Which is correct and what's the difference: “Next time I'll need <something>, I'll …”, or “Next time I need <something>, I'll”?

English is not my native language, so I've question about using the future tense. Which is correct: Next time I'll need <something>, I'll ... or Next time I need <something>, I'll ... ...
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Using 'would' to talk about past with examples

The following are sentences, I would take the dogs out on a walk. I would have took the dogs out on a walk. I would took the dogs out on a walk. I understood them as follows: Possible action to ...
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Exceptions that allow the use of “will” after “if” [duplicate]

This as what I've been able to establish: The use of "will" after "if" is legal only when any of the following conditions apply: The "will" is used as a verb (equivalent to "want"), for example, ...
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could and might to talk about future possibility

I have problem with using could in the future possibilities for example: They have the technology, but unless the government makes stricter laws, car companies ____ do it. With which one should I ...
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“You are going to want to” vs “You will want to” [duplicate]

So I was going to say something the other day like "After eating this, you are going to want to go there." I wanted to express that after eating that, the person would end up with a wish about ...
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Usage of the future perfect tense: “… a year will have completed…” Is it correct? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? By the end of September, a year will have completed for our friendship.
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“Going to go” vs “going to”

1) I am going to go watch a game. 2) I am going to a game. 3) I am going to golf. 4) I am going to go golfing. What are the differences and similarities between and among sentences ...
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Using future simple tense in a thesis

Being a non-native speaker, I have of course a bit of a problem with writing my thesis in English. In the thesis, I propose a software solution and I describe it. What I am not sure is: should I use ...
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Are “I will have been going” and “I would have been going” rarely used today?

As far as I know these are tenses that you do not often use. Am I right? Will have been + verb+ing Would have been + verb+ing
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Will marry vs will get married [duplicate]

I have seen both sentences below: I will get married. I will marry. So what is the difference? Which one is recommended? Is there any difference in meaning or just grammar?
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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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Future tense and future perfect tense [closed]

Given two sentences: If we goad him into doing what he should have been doing all along, then it will be a smashing success. and If we goad him into doing what he should have been doing all ...
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Future tense in conditional clauses

All the textbooks I have ever come across during the course of my studying English emphasize that future tense should not be used in conditional clauses. For example, If it rains in the evening, ...
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Shall, third person singular, archaic form

The second person of will and shall are wilt and shalt in the archaic form. The third person singular suffix is -eth, so we get willeth but what about shall? Thank you for your answers!
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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 ?