Questions tagged [future]

In grammar, a future tense is a special verb form (inflection) that marks the event described by the verb as not having happened yet. Germanic languages like English have no future tense inflection, employing alternate mechanisms to indicate future events.

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“Would” usage in this sentence [migrated]

The truth is that I loved him and I stood by him and he sent me to you, like he would send a stagehand to pick up his shirts. What is the usage of would in this sentence? I think would is only used ...
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What are the tenses in this sentence?

I'd like to break this sentence down to its components and their tenses, but I'm struggling. How would you explain it? “I think we thought it would be easier” Thanks!
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Condition in future

Is it correct to say "Can the period be changed if I will not get the visa in time?"
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The use of the future tense for describing one's usual routines [duplicate]

In this video at 5 minute and 50 seconds, for reasons unknown to me, a speaker used the future tense for describing his usual routine. So in the assistance portion of my workout, I will choose row ...
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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present? [migrated]

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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Will vs going to with a personal skill [duplicate]

Lately, we had our finals and a question popped up in that went like this: Liverpool players are known to be skilled. They ...... The match easily. The choices were: "will win" or "are going to win" ...
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Is it ok to use Present Progressive in this construction?

Recently l came across the following construction: The river which is afflicted with black lobsters is losing its fish soon. I am wondering why the writer used 'is losing' instead of the more ...
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Which one should be chosen: “will - are going to”? [duplicate]

Liverpool's players are skilled, so they .... the match easily. will win are going to win I had hard time answering this question in my final exam in the High School, my answer was the second. Some ...
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“What happens next?” “Only time will tell.”

Here's a dialogue: a. "What happens next?" "Only time will tell." Both the sentences describe a future event. But the first is in the present tense, whereas the second is expressed with 'will'. ...
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What's the difference between “He's going to fly tomorrow”, “He's flying tomorrow” and “He flies tomorrow”? [closed]

Let consider that someone will take a flight tomorrow with a plan of course. In this case, we can use He's going to fly tomorrow in Simple Future. How ever, I've learnt that we can also use Present ...
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Itineraries vs. timetables

I recently learnt that the present simple can be used for timetables and schedules. I also found it is often used for itineraries. Here is a sample in "Complete English as a Foreign": Travel agent to ...
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What is the meaning of the “will already have…” structure?

I am wondering about the meaning of a sentence which includes the "will already have...." structure? The exact sentence is a part of IELTS practice test which says: " ....in today’s tutorial we’re ...
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Using will/will not after if

Most grammar rules state that will shouldn't be used after if. Here is my sentence, I am wondering whether it is correct. It may cause an exception if there won't be a valid character in the ...
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“Will” vs “is going to” for predictions, what is considered an evidence?

So I know we use is going to for predictions with evidence, and will for predictions without evidence, but I've read some examples that made me very confused about what evidence actually means. Take ...
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Do these sentences use the present simple and present continuous correctly?

When we do homework, we focus on vocabulary When we do homework, we will focus on vocabulary When we are doing homework, we focus on vocabulary when we are doing homework, we will focus ...
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Difference in meaning between: “his son will return” and “his son would return” [duplicate]

The hope is that his son will/would return. What’s the difference in meaning of the sentence when will and would are used one at a time? Should we use only would inasmuch as hope is only ...
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Future simple or present simple with “when”

-When will you arrive in this city again? - In a month. I was always taught that we don't use the future simple after "with", but I came across with this sentence in my textbooks. So i'm confused why ...
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“I'm going to go to the store” vs “I'm going to the store” to communicate that I am leaving right now

When I talk to someone and I want to finish the conversation and say that I am heading out to the store right now, should I use "I'm going to go to the store" or "I'm going to the store". Is there a ...
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Use of “may” or “might” and their inherent semantic difference

Under the American Heritage Dictionary's usage note for the verb "might" it says: Usage Note: May or might? In many situations, the choice between these two verbs can be clarified by remembering ...
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“will” for future plans (+ specific time involved - day, date, hour)

Can I use "will" instead of "going to or present continuous" when asking or making statements about someone's plans with a specific time involved? for example: I will meet her Monday morning at 7 ...
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Similarity between future perfect and future perfect continuous

I had an assignment given before some days. I tried to do it and got some answers right, but it was not satisfactory. Can you tell me the similarity between future perfect and future perfect ...
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Future simple or continuous?

Which of the following is correct to say? "House prices will be rising as soon as the economic crisis is over" "House prices will rise as soon as the economic crisis is over" Likewise ...
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I was waking up or I was going to wake up or i would wake up

I heard such sentence in a movie "There was no chance I was waking up in the morning" i understand the context and what the speaker wanted to say but can I say it this way: a) "There was no chance ...
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Correct usage of thinking about future [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I had to ponder on my future at a beautiful place.
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I am in New York when you are in London next week

Is the titular sentence grammatically correct? I typically use will and I am trying to learn (and teach) better forms. It sounds odd but if both I and you have made plans to be in New York and London ...
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Is the tense of the latter part of the sentence correct?

"He couldn't foresee devoting himself to anything other than that passionate desire, even if the fire eventually burns him down." Is 'burns him down' correct? The speaker is okay with the fire burning ...
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condition actions in the future

I am having a problem defining the British English grammar used here. The context is that I am chatting with my brother about taking my sister to see the sequel to a film and I do know if she has ...
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Usage of Future tense will and to be + ing-form

Could anyone please explain the usage of the future tense 'will' and 'to be +ing-form'? Is it correct to say 'I will clean the kitchen right now.' (I am about to do something in the very near future) ...
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Why does the King James Bible say “I shall not want” and then “I will fear no evil.”

I have a question relating to the use of "shall" in the Bible. Before asking this question I read the entire Wikipedia article on Shall and will, and have ended up more confused than when I began. ...
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Can you use future tense and switch to present in the same sentence?

As in: Occasionally, he will spontaneously generate the sentences on his own and sometimes uses, "May I have."
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Different between future prefect vs simple future + until

what's different in meaning between these two sentences? The decorator will have painted the wall by Thursday. The decorator will paint the wall until Thursday. Does the second sentence mean the ...
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I “am flying” or I “will be flying” to Paris later this morning?

Got this sentence in a multiple choice question exam "I'm going to the airport in a minute. I _____ to Paris later this Morning" A) will be flying B) am flying C) will fly D) ...
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“I’m afraid that they will call me when I will be doing my homework” Is that correct?

dear stackexchangers, need your help. As you sure know there is a rule about using Present Simple instead of Future Simple after words "when", "before", "if", etc. But what about my sentence? Can we ...
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The difference between 'will' and 'will be' [closed]

What's the difference between these two sentences? 1) The parcel will be delivered in September. 2) The parcel will be delivering in September. I highly doubt that the second sentence is ...
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“I turn 31 tomorrow” vs “I’m going to turn 31 tomorrow,” vs “I’ll turn 31 tomorrow”

I was reading an article about changes in the English language, and I stumbled upon an example the author used to make an argument, referring to these subtleties that English native speakers learn ...
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Could someone explain to me the grammar of this sentence? [duplicate]

"My train arrives at 7.30 tomorrow".. or "My train will arrive at 7.30 tomorrow" Which one is gramatically correct? Usually I use the future but I heard a lot of people that use the first sentence and ...
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Why does Future Perfect Tense “sound” as though it didn't happen? [closed]

Consider these sentences: They will walk before breakfast. They will have walked before breakfast. The first sentence expresses an action that will end before another action occurs in the ...
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“It starts at…” vs. “It is at…”?

What is the difference between "It starts at 9pm" and "It is at 9pm" when we speak about future event?
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Would or will. A question is about a certain future event

Ohad knew he had a few hours before they will open a wormhole to Mumbo Booboo. Or Ohad knew he had a few hours before they would open a wormhole to Mumbo Booboo.
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'They will have' to express a past event. Is this BrE only?

If the Police shut the High Street one day and my colleague asks me why, I may say to them : They will probably have done that because of the accident this morning, is this peculiar to BrE ? '...
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Mixed conditionals - Future / Future

It is the first time that I ask a question, thanks in advance to whoever is going to reply. I am studying conditional sentences and I cannot find anywhere a structure for a hypotethical future ...
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How can I tell about thing that it is started on the past, and we still doing it until now, and it we will continue do it

I want to shortly tell some one about a task, assigned to us as a team, that we started doing the task, and yet we are doing it and will continue to it. as example: The development started last ...
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Are both the “future perfect” and “future perfect continuous” used in everyday conversations?

I would like to know if native English speakers use these tenses in daily conversations. Or, perhaps, it's mostly used as formally? Thanks in advance.
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Future tense and past perfect tense together?

Police will have the pictures enlarged in an attempt to identify the thief. This sentence include two tenses. The former one is will for the future tense and the other is past perfect future tense. ...
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“is starting on …” Why is it Present?

I have exercise to create sentences in Present Continuous but in one of them is. " The sales is starting on Monday". My question is about time used here, in my opinion this will happens only in future ...
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Have done/you will - a mystery to me

Is this sentence correct? Could anyone explain why it is correct or not? After you have done everything you could, you will always find that someone else did more. I find it hard to understand this ...
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The estimated length of a future event is / will be … (tense)?

Say, I am travelling in Thailand next month, and I estimate that it will take me 1 week for the travel. What tense should I use to describe the estimated length of the travel : "The estimated length ...
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“I can't be available” vs “I will not be available”

I had written “I can't be available from 9-10.” My friends suggested that I rewrite it as “I can't be available from 9-10”. Both answers were not satisfying me. I had searched on the internet for ...
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using past tense for the future - is it correct?

In the show Westworld, Anthony Hopkins uses this structure, as: As soon as Dr.Ford left the room, he would put an end to this nightmare. now the question is, shouldn't the sentence be like: As ...
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Unreal conditional for future in question

I have a real trouble to properly translate to English following Russian phrase 'У вас будет хоть что-то более интересное, чем это?'. As far as I can understand, it's a question with unreal condition ...