Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

1
vote
1answer
42 views

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 ...
-1
votes
0answers
38 views

“Since” usage in Future Perfect sentences

My friend gave me a sentence in Polish "odkąd pływam minie 8 lat przed koncem tej klasy" to translate into English. And so i did, it is what i came up with "It will have been 8 years by July since i ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
70 views

“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 ...
2
votes
1answer
60 views

Are these sentences gramatically correct?

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
37 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
230 views

“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 ...
4
votes
4answers
172 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

“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 ...
0
votes
2answers
62 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
319 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Correct usage of thinking about future [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I had to ponder on my future at a beautiful place.
1
vote
0answers
48 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
27 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

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) ...
8
votes
2answers
350 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
140 views

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."
0
votes
2answers
60 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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) ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

“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 ...
1
vote
2answers
120 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
419 views

“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 ...
2
votes
2answers
445 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
86 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
259 views

“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?
0
votes
1answer
126 views

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.
1
vote
1answer
56 views

'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 ? '...
0
votes
2answers
51 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
67 views

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 ...
0
votes
4answers
224 views

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.
1
vote
1answer
354 views

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. ...
0
votes
2answers
71 views

“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 ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
103 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
8k views

“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 ...
0
votes
2answers
192 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
45 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

What's the difference between “will turn on” and “going to turn on ”? [duplicate]

I was playing an ESL Future Tenses Review Game when I came across the following question: You and your friend are reading. It's getting dark and you decide to turn on the light. You stand up and ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

“Will be led” explain [closed]

I am curious about the parts of speech of ... Class "will be led" by.... Isn't led past tense, while will is future tense. Can anyone explain this to me? Why is this correct grammar? (or is it?)
0
votes
2answers
206 views

Tenses in sentences with more than two verbs

I´ve spent a fortune on swimming lessons. Next month I will have been training for three years and I don´t think I _______________(can) dive successfully when I go to Mexico this summer. If I thought ...
0
votes
1answer
727 views

Is, I am happy to talk more tomorrow, grammatically correct [duplicate]

Is this grammatically correct? Thanks Bob, I am happy to talk more tomorrow. Or is it better to say: Thanks Bob, I will be happy to talk more tomorrow. Does present and future tense matter? ...
3
votes
3answers
101 views

Verb tense for anticipated future in the context of now-discarded hypothetical past

Further to discussion regarding this ELL answer... I [had] assumed I would go to Heaven when I die/died, but when I think about all the wicked things I've done, I'm now pretty sure I'll go to Hell [...
2
votes
0answers
75 views

Historical resistance to inanimate 'will'

English, it is said, has no future tense. To indicate future we do not inflect our verbs but instead use the modal verb will. In his answer to Why do we say “was supposed to” for “should have”? ...
0
votes
2answers
59 views

Will Future or not?

I recently came across this: We are planning to go on holiday in mid-July, and we will need help with our two cats as well as with our garden and house for two weeks. Your job is (will be?) to invest ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

What is the grammar in: “in the year to come”?

Could you please explain to me what grammar is this "…many blessings in the year to come". I mean I'm having difficulty to understand why there is "to" before "come". They teach us here that ...
1
vote
1answer
862 views

Future perfect for predictions?

I have seen a discussion regarding Harry Potter quotes, such as: Voldemort will not have made it easy to discover his hiding place. Which is said in a situation when Voldemort had hidden the thing ...