I've written this thing, and part of it's talking about something that will happen in the future.

(For when people will have to say, "She's died." They won't have to say, "She's died in vain.")

The sentence:"They won't have to say," I can't decide whether it's correct or I should use the future continuous tense, and say, "They won't be saying."

So, do I have to use the future continuous tense here?

(Edited: No more answers needed for this question. Thank you!)

  • Sorry, Hajar, there is not enough information there for a useful Comment, let alone an answer. In the conext of what you might be asking, 'For when people will have to say, "She's died." They won't have to say, "She's died in vain" ' makes too little sense to comment on. Jul 28, 2018 at 23:35
  • I understand why it does too little sense to you. It's part of a poem I was trying to write, then. And I sometimes get confused when I talk about something that will happen in the future for a period of time. So I wasn't sure what kind of future tense that I should've used in it. Thank you. :)
    – user305545
    Jul 29, 2018 at 5:48
  • @RobbieGoodwin Here's the poem: I don’t remember how to write./ I keep forgetting how to paint./ Life has become a burden, that/ No one knows for how long/ I have to bear./ A voice in my head shouts,/ ”Other people have it worse. Never/ Hear you complain, again.”/ As if this will make me stronger./ As if this will dull the pain./ Give me back my words./ Or teach me how to paint, again./ And perhaps, I’ll depict a road / To serenity, or write a poem/ That will ease my pain./ For when people will have to say,/ ”She’s died.” They won’t have to say,/ ”She’s died in vain.”
    – user305545
    Jul 29, 2018 at 5:53
  • To how many people fluent in both English and your own language have you showed this, please? Sorry to say the only part of your poem I do understand is that final ' ”She’s died.” They won’t have to say, ”She’s died in vain.” ' and the way you wrote about even that doesn't really work in English punctuation… Jul 30, 2018 at 16:03
  • @RobbieGoodwin I showed it only to some people fluent in English on Tumblr. But would you, please, tell me why that sentence doesn't work in English punctuation? How should it be written to be correct? Thank you. :)
    – user305545
    Jul 30, 2018 at 16:48

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Using "won't" rather than "will not" and in a negative sense (possible source of confusion) still expresses the same future. It still expresses the same tense - which is the future perfect tense - "They will not have to say". This is not the future perfect continuous tense - "They will not have to be saying (ongoing - from that point on forward or until some point in the further future). However, depending on the exact meaning you actually want to convey, you could use either future expression - just be clear on the subtle differences between them. Here is a link that visually shows the differences with diagrams. The visual diagrams helped to make the choices clearer to me.


  • Did you notice that using "won't" rather than "will not" had hardly anything to do with the OQ's point? Jul 30, 2018 at 16:57

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