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The English language doesn't have an explicit future tense, which means future constructions are effected through other means, including modal verbs, going-to structure, and futurive non-past. Any question regarding the future aspect of English should use this tag.

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'Will miss' vs 'Will be missing'

I saw this sentence: You'll be missing the sunshine once you're back in England. Would it be wrong if it was written like this? You'll miss the sunshine once you're back in England.
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I am going to Berlin next month/ I will go to Berlin next month

Let's look at the highlighted lines in my grammar book. I will create a context like this: A:(1) I am going to Berlin next month. B:(2) Where will you stay in Berlin? A:(3) I will stay in a small ...
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Today, I am talking about dogs

Context: In a talk show, I would like to start the speech like this: (1) Today, I am going to talk about dogs. (2) Today, I am going to be talking about dogs. (3) Today, I will talk about dogs. (4) ...
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Doing something vs Going to do something

Could someone explain to me the differences between the following sentences? I'm going to a party tomorrow vs I'm going to go to a party tomorrow.
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"Will" vs "be going" to talk about something that is planned

Context: Yesterday, I decided to visit Uncle Peter next month. This means the decision was made before speaking. Now, I want to inform my friend about this visit. I want to invite my friend to join ...
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Simple tenses for (un)finished actions

Past simple means a finished past action, doesn't it? "Every summer I fell in love" implies that I don't fall in love every summer now. "I read /red/ a book" implies that I'm not ...
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I will be right back as soon as "it is done" VS "it will be done" [closed]

I will be right back as soon as it is done. I will be right back as soon as it will be done. I've heard the first sentence most of the time, but not the other one. Why? Is there something wrong with ...
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In 4 years, you will meet a guy who "graduated / has graduated" from Yale university. - confused about the meaning

Example 1 Our son is going to the Yale university. In 4 years, you will meet a guy who graduated from Yale university. Example 2 Our son is going to the Yale university. In 4 years, you will meet a ...
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Continuity verbs

I know that we have some verbs which naturally convey the idea of continuity for instance "work" I could say 1 I will have worked for 2 years by May 2 I will have been working for 2 years by ...
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Future perfect continuous 1

Is there any difference between these two 1 I will have been teaching for 20 years this summer 2 I will have taught for 20 years this summer 3 By the time you come back I will have been reading this ...
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It won't have BEEN millions... (making assumptions about the past)

I am still unsure about when to use 'would' and when 'will' while making conjectures about the events in the past. Is the difference merely in the degree of certainty? Besides, I am not sure what ...
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Future tenses in

We can use the future simple to show that one action will happen after another for example "When she comes I will tell her the truth" We can use the future continuous to show that two ...
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Is it correct to use "would" in the context provided?

Is it grammatically possible to use both "would come" and "was coming" in the context below: Earlier, the temperature had fallen. And now clouds began moving in. I knew a storm ...
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Long actions with continuous

1 When I was little I went to school 2 When I was little I was going to school My friend who's a native told me that when I state general information about my childhood 1 is idiomatic and 2 could ...
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If we must take the train to the place, we will have to wake up early that day. - "Should" in if-clause to mean "have to"?

Example 1 If we have to take the train to the place, we will have to wake up early that day. Example 2 If we must take the train to the place, we will have to wake up early that day. Example 3 If ...
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Future simple vs continuous

1 When I reitre I will be planting plants 2 When I reitre I will plant plants Are both versions correct and naturl? I'm asking because my teacher clamis that with so long actions such as "...
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I will tell him what my schedule "is/will be" like - the differences?

Example 1 I will tell him what my schedule will be like. Example 2 I will tell him what my schedule is like. My analysis: I will tell him (future time 1) what my schedule will be (future time 2)...
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I will decide whether I (will) approach him at the food court or not. - differences in meaning?

Example 1 I will decide whether I approach him at the food court or not. Example 2 I will decide whether I will approach him at the food court or not. What are the differences in meaning? Does ...
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What is the difference between "will", "be going to" and present continuous when expressing something in the future? [closed]

Are all of these sentences grammatically correct? Have all of them exactly the same meaning? Anita is taking an English exam tomorrow. Anita is going to take an English exam tomorrow. Anita will take ...
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Specific and general possibility in the future

I study English grammar using a grammar book. There is a unit about modal verbs. The unit includes seven topics. Three of them are the most difficult for me. They are about ability, possibility and ...
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"Over the coming months, the giraffes range far and wide." - Why is the sentence not in a future tense, despite having "over the coming months"?

"Over the coming months, the giraffes range far and wide." BBC - Giraffes released into new home (see:3:18-3:23) As we know, "Over the coming months ...." clearly refers to future, ...
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In two hours, he <will deliver><will have delivered> it

Please, help me understand how these verbs work in English. Should I use the simple or the perfect aspect to talk about the final moment of the actions (when the intended effect comes in power)? ...
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They'll deliver it in two hours. (meaning, we'll have this in two hours)

Browsing through an online store, a girl points at a certain item and says, "Wow, let's order this! They(or A courier) 'll deliver it in two hours (meaning, two hours from now, if we do order it ...
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Be going to grammar

Can I omit the phrase in brackets? If I had known (that) he wasn't going (to be) here,... My teacher said that the answer should be 'If I had known that he wasn't going here'. I guess that because of ...
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How long will you be drinking your tea for? [closed]

Your friend is drinking (a cup of) tea. You know she'll be free after that. You want to know how long she'll be engaged in this (so that you know when she'll be free). Please tell me which of these ...
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"It'll be the first time he has met his dad." / "........ he meets his dad." / ".........he'll meet his dad."

This is from a TV show in which a family reunites 14 years after. And the son, Zach, along with mom, are waiting at the airport for the father to show up. At that time, the presenter says: It'll be ...
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Can we use "later" for a future sense like this one: "I will start cooking a little later."

I know that we use "in" rather than "later" for future tense, such as "I will graduate in 6 months" rather than "I will graduate 6 months later". But when it ...
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"we will have picked you up in two hours”

Put the verbs into correct forms OK, we _______ (leave) you here and _______ (pick) you up in two hours when we _______ (get) back from the town centre. My answer and analysis: OK, we will leave ...
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Present perfect progressive or future: "have been saving up" or "going to save up"?

Put the verbs in brackets into a suitable tense form I ______ (save up) for three years because I want to buy a guitar. Although there is a period mentioned, yet I think using the present perfect ...
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I will ask the staff member whether I (will) have applied for the test. - with or without "will"?

Background info: I asked a staff member to help me to key my info into the computer so I would be able to sit a test. A: Hey, have you applied for the test? (1) Me : I asked a staff member to do it ...
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see things I happen to like

a. I'm looking at dresses I've never seen before. I might see something I'll happen to like. b. I'm looking at dresses I've never seen before. I might see something I happen to like. Is there any real ...
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Are the tenses well chosen?

Question to a seller over the phone 1 Could you let me know when this book will be in stock? Answer It will be in stock next Monday So I will order it on Monday when it is in stock Question to a ...
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so that + Present / Future

wordreference.com: (1a) I’ll post the CD today so that you get it by the weekend. (1b) I’ll post the CD today so that you will get it by the weekend. wordreference.com: (2a) How do I transform a ...
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"I'll see that the problem <is> <will be> dealt with."

thefreedictionary.com: (1) I'll see that the problem is dealt with. my variant: (2) I'll see that the problem will be dealt with. To me, (1) is wrong because, as far as I understand its meaning, ...
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Use of "will" + infinitive for recurring activities/habits [closed]

While listening to Taylor Swift's "Anti-Hero", I came across the line I'll stare directly at the sun, but never in the mirror (lyric video) which I intuitively understand to mean that she ...
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Mrs. Johnson tell me that it (will take/ takes / must take / has taken) two more months to complete the project

This is a question from the entrance exam of a certain university in Tokyo. You are supposed to choose the most appropriate phrase out of the four, but it confuses me. Mrs. Johnson tells me that it (...
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Future Simple vs Future Continuous

What is the difference between these two sentences? (Additional question: Do I have to change the preposition, "in" to "by"?) The factory will produce five million cars a year in ...
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The difference between ways of talking about the future

There are many ways of talking about the future. Context: I just want to let my friend know about this trip. We are visiting X city next week. (present continuous) We are going to visit X city next ...
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will vs. be doing vs. be going to [closed]

Q1. Which is the most natural after "My suitcase is very heavy"? "I’ll carry it for you." "I’m carrying it for you." "I’m going to carry it for you." Q2. ...
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Is or was? Which one is suitable?

I have question about is or was this this situation. Please help me! The museum I went to yesterday is very beautiful. The museum I went to yesterday was very beautiful. Which one is correct? Thank ...
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Simple Future vs Future Perfect

(1) I will finish the work in two hours. (2) I will have finished the work in two hours. There is a deadline of two hours. Are the two sentences correct and the same without any difference in ...
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"He said that if it <rained / rains> <tomorrow / the next day>, he <would / will> not go to the beach."

All sentences are mine: (1) If it rains tomorrow, he will not go to the beach. If "tomorrow" remains after backshift, it means tomorrow has not yet come, so backshift is optional. That is: ...
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"this is going to be the first time" + future simple

I hear that the future simple is not to be used with the "This is going to be the first time" This is going to be the first time I will drive a truck. wrong Natives say it should be: This is ...
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Is 'make sure no one knows you are playing this game' grammatically weird?

In some websites, there are sticky ads with slogans like these: Close the door tight and start playing this game! Make sure no one knows you are playing this game! The second sentence sounds kind of ...
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the difference with "if" sentences with "will"

"I'll order from you if It will be in stock" Gotube gave me this example here to show me that "will" was possible with if sentences, he said that in this case the condition was not ...
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“If it is or is going to be/ will be in stock”

Now, I will first check if the CD I'd like to buy is or is going to be in your stock before ordering in the USA. Now, I will first check if the CD I'd like to buy is or will be in your stock before ...
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Can we use "will" to describe future plans?

I was watching this video which says (at 0:55) we cannot use "will" to describe future plans because plans are not certain and we only should use "will" when we are certain about ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between "I choose" and "I'll choose" when making a decision in the process of speaking?

Would you tell me if there is a difference in meaning between I choose and I'll choose when making a decision in the process of speaking? For example: Person A: We have two tablets of that brand. One ...
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"So that he will do" (future tense) or "so that he does" (present tense)

You must be sure to tell him this so that he will do it. You must be sure to tell him this so that he does it. Do these two sentences mean same? I am getting problem use of tenses after so that or ...
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"Present continuous "or "going to" here

she is working/going to work in June and July as a nurse in a hospital in Roma. She will be helping old people .She found this job yesterday. Can I use present continuous in this case? It is a future ...
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