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Questions tagged [future-in-past]

Questions about the tense of future events talked about in the past.

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What grammatical construction is it?

I would like to ask, what grammatical construction was used in the sentence below. She had a test tomorrow, but she was getting nowhere. I just do not understand this at all. It looks a little ...
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Is it ok to say “something I will have come to learn later in the course”?

I have written It lacks exact references to the book, something about argumentative analysis I will have come to learn later in the course. I wonder if this is correct and what this tense would ...
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The usage of “was” before “down the line”

The sentence: from NPR transcript WOOD: John Derbyshire is - so he was a writer for the National Review. He has made claims such as intelligent, well-socialized African-Americans are as rare as ...
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Should I say “the trap that lay ahead” or “the trap that lie(s) ahead”?

Which is correct? My vision widened that day, and I began to see the trap that lay ahead for most people. My vision widened that day, and I began to see the trap that lie ahead for most people. Or ...
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What’s the right inflection for the bracketed verb in “He asked what time the train [was/will/be] leaving”? [duplicate]

I was conducting a language assessment test when I was asked to fill out a clause: He asked what time the train [ was / will / be] leaving. I would have chosen be to form a subjunctive clause, had ...
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Are there any differences between the future in the past when using “would” & reported speech when changing “will” to “would”?

This site said: The future in the past is used to look into the future from a point of time in the past. However, this "future" event still occurred at a time before the present time. E.g. ...
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Correction for future in past text

Would it be correct to change this... "He agreed to those changes, but insisted that if the team do not reach the objective by the deadline, the company must commit to implement all the ...
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was going to, tomorrow

Assuming that I told you 2 days ago, "I promise I will call you tomorrow". But I didn't. So now I have to apologize you. Then I say "I promised I would call you the next day." is it correct?
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Use of 'would' in place of the past simple

They left the house at 6 and would reach Edinburgh 12 hours later. (= .............. and they reached Edinburgh 12 hours later.) This is from a famous grammar book. I don't understand how 'reached' ...
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Should I use present or past tense in indirect speech?

Suppose a person has told me this: I will go home. I want to report what he told me to someone else, but I don’t know whether the condition is still true — that is, whether he has gone home. Now ...
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Future Continuous and Perfect Continuous tenses in Passive Voice

I've read a lot of books/articles which says that Future Continuous in Passive Voice and Perfect Continuous in Passive Voice are not possible, but there are some examples of such combinations at this ...
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Is it correct to say “I was sure after a year I would get over it”?

My pet dog died last summer, she was the only one I had, but I was sure after a year I would get over it. Or should I say I had get over it there instead?
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Past or Future? [closed]

Every so often, I see a death-notice for someone who was deceased on the following date. However, understandably, it feels grammatically problematic to remark that someone had "died yesterday". What ...
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Future Perfect in the Past

Can I use should have done for the future just like will have done? For example: It should have been finished by next Monday. Which basically means It should be finished by next Monday but with ...
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Usages of word Would

I have some problem to understand the true usage of “would”. I have already reviewed many forums and websites, but I have not managed to come to any conclusion upon which it can cover all cases I am ...
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Would VS Would Have PP

I have some problems to understand the true usage of “would” and “would have pp”. I have already reviewed many forums and websites, but I have not managed to come to any conclusion. For instance, in ...
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Past plans for the future

I am struggling to decide the correct tense / verb usage where one wishes to express some past plan for the then future: We agreed that, when xyz happens, we would do abc. We agreed that, when ...
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“is to” + verb, “was to” + verb

I've got a sentence that I can't quite well understand. My problem in the sentence is the "were to play" part. How does it change the meaning of the sentence? Does it mean that this was an action in ...
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Isn't this against tense agreement?

When I got home yesterday, John called and said he will arrive next week. (Wikipedia) Wikipedia says the sentence above is possible. Does it not break the tense agreement when there’s no quotation ...
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Can we use should /would and /could in Future perfect tense

I would have finished my home work by evening . He should have been more careful. Can these be used as future perfect tense ?
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The future as reported in the past

Is (1) correct, or must it be written as (2)? John told me yesterday that this contract will not be renewed when it ends next month. John told me yesterday that this contract would not be ...
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“Would remain” vs. “would have remained”

What's the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? He thought that he would remain young. He thought that he would have remained young.
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“I was going to be called Kate if I was a girl”

This is an excerpt from a grammar book by Longman. It was discussing tense and time distinctions and the excerpt is about future time. As you can see in the next example, the reference can be to a ...
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Meaning of sentence with 'would'

The sentence is: What would the people eat? Can it mean "What are the people going to eat?" in future Or, "What were the people going to eat?" talking about future from past Or, both?
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“Paul would later transfer to McKinley High and join Kevin and Winnie.”

I read the following: After graduating from Junior High, Kevin and Winnie both go to McKinley High and Paul attends a prep school. Paul would later transfer to McKinley High and join Kevin and ...
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“when would” vs “when will” [closed]

I'm trying to ask a question about the future. So which form of the verb "will" should I use? So, when will it be there? So, when would it be there?
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“Will be/would have been home tomorrow”

Which is correct? He promised that he will be home tomorrow. He promised that he would have been home tomorrow.
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“I was going to” expression. How to use it correctly?

I was going to pick you tomorrow from the airport (not a big deal to me, really), but remembered that tomorrow I'll be teaching the class, which ends at 8. in above example, I am trying to say ...
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When should I use “Would”, “Would have”, “Will”, and “Will have”?

I hope someone, once and for all, can clarify (with examples) the difference in usage of will vs. would vs. would have vs. will have.