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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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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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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”? ...
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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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Is this conditional correct? If so, why?

"If their flight hasn't been delayed, they will have arrived by now." Is this conditional correct? If so, why?
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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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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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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 ...
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Mixed conditionals - can “will” appear in “then” clause?

There's something I don't quit get with mixed conditionals. here is a situation: you studied biology in the past, in high school college level biology class is easy for students who studied biology ...
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Tense question - Hypothetical scenario in future

Finally, I believe that high school teenagers might resent the idea of being forced to do this type of work, and this resentment COULD result in not wanting to volunteer in social activities AFTER ...
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the usage of “will” and “be going to”

Which expression is preferencial? It is going to be the year of horse next year. It will be the year of horse next year.
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I work on Friday vs I work on Fridays

I found a grammar book that states the following: (Grammar In Use Intermediate by Cambridge unit 18 pg.36 Present Tenses ) Which means that it is OK to use the simple present form to describe the ...
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Future tenses with tomorrow

I've been searching for the answer for quite a long time and I'm still confused about these sentences: A. I have school tomorrow. (it would mean it is scheduled) B. I'm having school tomorrow. (?) ...
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Use of future progressive tense in a specific context

I'd like to ask about a specific use of future progressive tense. Context: I am at a restaurant and I go to the bar to order my food. There is a waiter at the bar and he asks whether I am eating at ...
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The perspective of people in the future looking back at now

My student came to me with this sentence that we disagree on. "People in the future will wonder why we have many traffic accidents today." I think 'have' should be 'had'. i.e. "People in the future ...
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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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“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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“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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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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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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Present perfect - future perfect in a subject question

So I know that future perfect cannot be used in conditions or time sentences..instead, it is shifted to present perfect: We do it when she has returned. But is the following a valid, natural ...
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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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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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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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Active or passive voice - which to use?

In my software, if for some reason the installation fails, I want to display a message. Which of these is correct? Some problem occurred. The installation cannot proceed. Some problem ...
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Future forms. Will / going to / Present Continuous?

"Congratulations! I hear yoy (get married) soon." What form should we use in this sentence? Will / going to / Present Continuous?
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What is the correct form of won't or are not going to?

What is the correct form? I hope in the future we won't go to school in the morning I hope in the future we are not going to go to school in the morning