What is the difference between tomorrow never comes and tomorrow will never come? A friend said that Tomorrow never comes is a saying. Then Why is the latter not a saying too? Are their meanings the same or not?

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    "Tomorrow never comes" is a general truth: no tomorrow ever comes, because when it does come it's today. "Tomorrow will never come" is said of a particular tomorrow, when you are eager for it to arrive and the wait seems to take forever. – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 23 '13 at 6:07
  • @StoneyB Thank you. Now I could see it clearly. Thanks again. – Mawia HL Aug 23 '13 at 6:09
  • I'd add to Stoney's answer that, though 'Tomorrow never comes' is an idiom (a set saying, as your friend says) - and the three-word saying can be used as a complete sentence (but as part of a dialogue), 'Tomorrow will never come' would almost certainly be used as part of a contextualising sentence. "I can't wait for the wedding - it feels like tomorrow will never come." – Edwin Ashworth Aug 23 '13 at 7:29
  • Or, since both are necessarily true (in the same sense of tomorrow), each implies the other and Tomorrow will never come may be used in the same admonitive sense as the idiom. It's only its frequency and relative fixedness of sense that makes Tomorrow never comes an idiom; if the longer one was more common in that sense, it would be, too. – John Lawler Aug 23 '13 at 15:41

"Tomorrow never comes" is used when you talk broadly about situations in general. "Tomorrow will never come" is used specifically to a certain situation.

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