The following three sentences, which forms are correct?

The people who will arrive at the meeting want to get some free drinks.(I can't delete will right?)

The people who arrive the meeting tomorrow need to sign their names on the paper.(no "will", right?)

The train which is refilled tomorrow morning leaves at 9 pm.(no will, because leaves means future right?)

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    You certainly can (and imho should) delete the will in your first example (or move it to before want if you want to emphasize the "future" aspect). The second example requires at before the meeting to be grammatical, but it's a stylistic choice whether to include will before need, but it's not idiomatic to do this before arrive there. The third example should be which will be - again it's a stylistic choice whether to use explicit future will leave, but I wouldn't keep repeating complex tense usages where they're not necessary. Sep 14, 2016 at 14:59
  • Thanks so much for your help! For the first sentence, I mean they have given a request saying they want to drink something tomorrow. "want" means now "they want to drink something tomorrow" so I should keep "will" right? It is different from the sentence“ when I grow up, I want to be a dancer" right?
    – moyeea
    Sep 14, 2016 at 16:38
  • oic - you're specifically saying that those people are now saying what they want. But I'm afraid English just isn't as precise as you might be hoping. Perhaps those people have just phoned you from the hotel they're staying in tonight, and they're asking you to agree to pay for their free drinks in their current hotel bar. But by mixing a future tense in your restrictive relative clause who will arrive at the meeting along with an ambiguously present/future verb want, I think you're stretching the limits of clear English a bit far. It's just too temporally complex. Sep 14, 2016 at 17:29
  • @FumbleFingers Thanks so much for your kind help! But If the context is clear like when I was saying what they want now and then I passed the document to my boss. Is the first one grammatical? We need to put "will" right?
    – moyeea
    Sep 14, 2016 at 18:41
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    No, you don't need to put "will". You can call them The people who arrive tomorrow if you like. Or The people arriving tomorrow. Or forget about the verb arrive, which is only creating problems because of the confusion of tenses (do they need to sign now, or will they need to sign tomorrow, after they arrive?) and call them Tomorrow's group / party / delegation or something. Sep 15, 2016 at 11:32

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In the first sentence, the will is optional. In the second sentence is fine as it is. The third sentence is better written as:

The train which will be refilled tomorrow morning will leave at 9 pm.

"leaves" is not commonly used and may not even be proper. See: http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/English/leave.html

You said "The train which is refilled tomorrow...". "is refilled" is confusing, as "is" is present tense and "refilled" is past tense. In addition, "tomorow" is in the future. I think you meant that the train will be refilled tomorrow. A wordier way of saying this is:

The train which is going to be refilled tomorrow morning will leave at 9 pm.

but I don't recommend that, as it is unnecessary wordy.

Following the link's pluperfect future tense:

The train which is going to be refilled tomorrow morning will have left at 9 pm.

but this is not necessary.

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