Searching Internet for pseudo-future with the reference to English grammar did not yield any meaningful result. Is pseudo-future a term referring to subjunctive mood or future-in-the-past?

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    If you can't find any reference to it on the Internet, pseudo-future is probably not a generally accepted name. – Peter Shor May 2 '17 at 2:35
  • Why do you think the term "pseudo-future" is used at all when talking about English grammar? – sumelic May 2 '17 at 2:36
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    sounds like a post-modern(!) quantum reality synonym – JonMark Perry May 2 '17 at 2:37
  • It's grammar with a soft fuzzy finish. – Hot Licks May 2 '17 at 3:14
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    Where do you see this term? Does your English teacher use it? Did you see it in a textbook or grammar? – choster May 2 '17 at 22:34

You are probably referring to the future tense in English, or, more accurately, the lack of a future tense. This deficiency leads to implying tense through the use of auxillary verbs such as

  • will (and won't and shall): I will be home tomorrow.
  • going to: I am going to sing after dinner.
  • forms of be: You are singing after me.

Also,the simple present may be used, for example: - I sing after dinner.

It's easy to see how more than one method might be used to convey the same meaning about a future occurence.

So, without having a true future tense, one might refer to these alternative steps as the pseudo-future.

As mentioned in other comments, this is not a common expression, but its reasonable to assume this is its meaning.

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    You could make it clearer that this answer is an educated guess. – Peter Shor May 2 '17 at 13:34

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