I think it’s present tense because of the active (?) verb ‘releases’, but I’m a little thrown because the action will be in the future. An answer for another question said when the action takes place doesn’t necessarily align with tense (e.g. “She was now drinking water”, I guess) so like, it should be present (???), but honestly I do not trust my own judgment so can someone confirm for me?

Context example: an interview with Generic Band ending with the sentence “Generic Band releases their new album Generic Album next month.” I’ve read this sentence so much I’m not even sure it’s grammatical anymore


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"Releases" is a present-tense verb. This is an example of the futurate construction, in which a present-tense verb is used to describe scheduled events occurring at a known time in the future. Similar examples include "The train leaves in fifteen minutes" or "The sun sets at 8pm."

(My source for this is Huddleston & Pullum (2002).)

  • Please check for obvious candidates for duplication. The use of the present simple tense (and indeed the present continuous construction) for future events has been covered quite a few times. Commented Aug 14, 2023 at 10:26

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