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Is this dialogue idiomatic:

  • I played football at school.
  • You [will be/will have been] quite athletic when you met Alice then.

Can you think of other examples?

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  • It's basically the same as this, this, this, etc. Search for will and would.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 3, 2023 at 19:32
  • @StuartF What about "John entered college. He studies hard for a few years. He will not, however, get a job at the bank as he hopes to. After the graduation, John made a career in politics".
    – Quirkier
    Nov 3, 2023 at 19:43
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    That sounds wrong. You can't keep changing tenses in a narrative.
    – Barmar
    Nov 3, 2023 at 20:18
  • you can use the narrative present: "John enters college. He studies hard for a few years. He does not get a job at the bank. Instead, after graduation he makes a career in politics."
    – Barmar
    Nov 3, 2023 at 20:19
  • In the example in the question, "would have been" is the proper tense.
    – Barmar
    Nov 3, 2023 at 20:21

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