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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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If so, I **will give/ going to give/ am giving** you 5 month

Context : in a meeting: A: I will summarize the progress of our project..... I think that we can't finish this project on time. B: Really? If so, I will give/ going to give/ am giving you 5 months in ...
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Future continuous vs perfect continuous

I want to show that one action will be already in progress before another one happens. Examples When we come they will be waiting for us When we come they will have been waiting for us Are both ...
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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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I am going to Berlin next month/ I will go to Berlin next month

We can use either will or be going to to talk about something that is planned, or something that we think is likely to happen in the future: We will study climate change in a later part of the course....
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Future Tense: Doing Project which will finish by March

The project will have already finished by March. The project will have finished by March. The project will finish by March. Now I'm doing it. In March, it will have been completed. It may be ...
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How to use must, may, might for future and for present continuous?

Can I use them for Future tense? For example "I must/may/might go to New York tomorrow". and can they be used in Present continuous form as well? For example ”He must/may/might be having ...
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Why "got" not "get" in "we won’t go until we got some"?

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I.........you something to drink and come back immediately. (future)

Context: My friend comes over to my house, I lead her to the living room. Here is the conversation: Me: Have a seat here. My friend: (Taking her seat) Me: I......................... you something to ...
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"will build" vs. "will have built"—any difference?

My question is one I saw on a site it is.I want to know the difference between the sentences. By 2025, I think we will build a settlement on Mars. and By 2025, I think we will have ...
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what is the best will or going to

Are you going to be sick if you eat that? This clause "are you going to" is a future prediction so shouldn't it be better to use will Is going to used as the event "being sick" is about to happen ...
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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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"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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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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I am confused about the tense and the sentence structure here

If I couldn't get out of it could she come with me? If I can't get out of it can she come with me? Which sentence is correct as I want to use for if condition talking about future?
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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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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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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 I "will" need the service you provide, will/do/should I call you or message you? - is the "will" needed?

Example 1 If they will let me go to the university, will/do/should I call you or message you? Example 2 If I will need the service you provide, will/do/should I call you or message you? Which one ...
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Going to have a chance?

For the sentences below, (it's part of a dialogue) "I'm learning Swedish. And next week I am going to have a chance to speak it for real. I am going to go to Sweden for 3 weeks" I feel that it's ...
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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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"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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Repetitive actions in future tenses: "I will visit" or "I will be visiting"

Which form is correct? "I will visit you regularly." or "I will be visiting you regularly."
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Is there any difference between "they'll" and "they're going to" in this context?

Is there any difference between "they'll" and "they're going to" in the context below or are they completely interchangeable? I made a big fool of myself at the office Christmas ...
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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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Differences between 'will be doing' and 'will do'

The Greenwood Boys are a group of pop singers. At present, they are visiting all parts of the country. They will be arriving here tomorrow. They will be coming by train and most of the young people in ...
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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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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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Correct future tense of flying

By ear I feel that the answer is "I'm going to fly", but the more I think about it and the more I see "will fly" to Paris as a legitimate option as well, can you guys help me out ...
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Present Continuous with going to

What is the difference between these? I am going to run. I am going running. Do those mean the same thing as each other? Do they mean the same thing as any or all of these next ones? I am going to ...
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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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What is the difference in meaning between "be going to be doing something" and "will be doing something"?

Is there any difference in meaning between be going to be doing and will be doing? For example: I can't go to the party as I am going to be working on my project. I can't go to the party as I ...
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Does “will” really indicate happened action?

For example, I’m going to eat. It means to eat is intended and to eat isn’t needed to happen. For example, I’m trying to eat. To eat isn’t needed to happen but is tried. “Will” means ‘be going to.’ ...
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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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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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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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Is it equal to reported speech case?

Reported speech case: He said I would do it Direct speech: He said, "I will do it." My sentence: He thought that he WILL / WOULD do it tomorrow Question: In my sentence should I use '...
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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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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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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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Habitual present and future

Habitual present and future 1.Habitual (regular repeated) action/ activity/state/condition in the present. This regular activity commenced sometime in the past and continues at present. 1.1.Present ...
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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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“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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"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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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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"I will go to the party *to* kiss her" vs. "I will go to the party *and* kiss her"

"I will go to the party to kiss her." "I will go to the party and kiss her." Which one is more "proper one? I'm thinking second one is more formal but I'm not sure.

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