Questions tagged [future-constructions]

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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I don't agree with the keys on the "going to" vs "will" topic

So I have this task I'm planning to give to my students. It reads "What do you say to your friend in these situations? Use the words given in brackets. Use present continuous (I am doing), going ...
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Can we use a simple future noun clause in a present perfect?

I want to say that my friend and I will not know something happens until tomorrow. Can I say: We haven't known what will happen. [1] Somebody told me that a clause is a noun clause when I can ...
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I get/will get a cable in the box

I'm looking at the website of the new iPhone, I'm not sure if it comes with a cable or not, the site says it does come with a cable, in this case, should I say: Looks like I get a cable in the box ...
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so that they (will) meet people who will be useful to them later on

I send my boys to a good public school so that they (will) meet people who will be useful to them later on. https://www.xueshengfl.com/leixing/jieri/80742.html Is there any difference in meaning ...
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Which verb form is used when telling about an action that may be completed by some time in the future?

"Call me in a week; I may/might HAVE CHANGED my mind by then" "Call me in a week; I may/might CHANGE my mind by then" Which version is right? If both are used by native-speakers, ...
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Is it incorrect to say I'm 20 years old next month?

Is it incorrect to say I'm 20 years old next month. I'm learning through an English app. It says that the sentence above is incorrect and the correct answer is I shall be 20 years old next month. ...
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is this usage of “later” natural?

I’d like to know if it’s natural/grammatically correct to use “later” with the future tense. I’ll call you a week later.
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"While you are washing your hands I'll go to my bedroom and change my clothes" right or wrong?

Let's say we (me and my daughter) have just got home, we go to the bathroom and I say to her (a 5 years old child) to wash her hands, and I think that in the meantime I could change my clothes. What ...
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Using future simple instead of future perfect

Is it correct to say: I will finish my work before you come back. Or should I use future perfect: I will have finished my work by the time you come back. and are the two sentences same in meaning?
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Future perfect continous vs Future perfect tense

What is the difference between these two sentences? My aunt will have been living in England for five years when I go there. and My aunt will have lived in England for five years when I go there.
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Future or present in this example

There might be other things you are interested in. Why is it not you will be interested, in the future and not in the present present as it is not sure. Is it because might already means that it is ...
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Is "going to" possible in this case

We are watching a film tomorrow with Billy. He is coming to my house. This is the solution of the test, but could we choose We are going to watch a film tomorrow with Billy. He is coming to my ...
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Should we use "if" or "when" in this sentence?

1)We will go to restaurant , if our son completes his work 2)We will go to restaurant , when our son completes his work. Meaning wise, we will go to restaurant only if/when son completes his work. ...
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Why Could is used in both past and the future tense

Why Could is used in both past and the future tense? Example: I could run fast when I was younger. Extreme rain could cause the river to flood the city. Can 'Could' be considered as a homonym. Same ...
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How to explain the usage of the present continuous instead of simple in this example?

I was reading "English Grammar in Use" and came across the next exercise: Ben can’t meet us on Monday. (He / work) late. The correct answer is "He is working late", but I cannot ...
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What is the reason using "always" in the present perfect?

I saw a movie with its title "We have always lived in the castle". If they meant to describe the pronoun "we" are living there until they die, why didn't they use future tense then?...
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I will be/am interested to see

I will be interested to see whether there’s a white Christmas in London tomorrow. I am interested to see whether there’s a white Christmas in London tomorrow. What is the difference between (1) and (...
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have to or will have to?

Should "have" and "don't' be changed to "will have" and "won't" in the following? Josh, my coworkers and I will put on a play at 4 p.m. this weekend. Will you come?...
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Usage of "will now" in Scientific writing?

My advisor and I are writing a research paper. I have a doubt in the following sentence that he wrote. We will now prove Theorem 1. proof follows... The words 'will' and 'now' are contradictory here....
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future continuous or present continuous in that case

. Before she is working in June and July .She found a job as "auxiliaire de vie" in Lyon where she will be helping old people . Shall I use is helping instead of will be helping. I don't ...
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Which tense is: "it is intolerable to think this storm leading up to some conference"

It is intolerable to think of this storm of universal distress leading up to nothing but some "conference" of diplomatists out of touch with the world, with secret sessions, ambiguous "...
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I go to bathroom then I come to bed - is it correct?

Let's say I come home from work and I tell to my daughter: I go to bathroom then I come to bed Is it correct? What about: I go to bathroom then I'll come to bed I'm going to bathroom then I'll come ...
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Will have started by the time we get there. Tense options?

How about catching a movie tonight? It starts at 9pm. Our working day ends at 8:50 pm. The movie will have started by the time we get to the theater as it'll take us 20 minutes to get there. One ...
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By tomorrow, by 2050. Do such adverbs of time require perfect tenses?

For some reason different Grammar books show a lot of examples of Future Perfect with such adverbs of time (by tomorrow, by next year, by 2050). It may give the impression that you only use such ...
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"you wouldn't know until it has happened" Is this correct?

I want a phrase that says that a person will know about something only after it happens. "You wouldn't know until it has happened" : Is this a correct usage? I think it's probably wrong. Can ...
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"The world better prepare for when I'm a billionaire" — Why not I be or I'll be is this a future tense?

The world better prepare for when I'm a billionaire The text taken from song lyrics. I'm curious as to what tense this is and why not I be or I'll be?
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going to vs going to be [duplicate]

What's the difference between both the sentences:- I am going to show you something. I am going to be showing you something. I will be showing you something. I am going to send. I am going to be ...
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Sometimes bus service may/might be cancelled on the route

Sometimes bus service may/might be cancelled on the route. Without any more context, does it refer to the present? a) It is possible that sometimes bus service is cancelled on the route. (maybe ...
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Shall I use present or future when as means because?

As the record is/ will be out in June, please could you cancel my order In this case as means because, shall I use present or future? As the date of release is a fixed timetable so I would choose ...
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Are perfect and simple tenses interchangeable in these examples? Do they have any difference?

Sci-fi movies earned the most income each year between 2006 and 2010. Sci-fi movies had earned the most income each year between 2006 and 2010. It is forecast that car ownership will decline by 10% in ...
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Wh-question about the future

So I have a question in my book: When will the meeting take place? Can I say the following instead? When is the meeting? We are talking about timetable kind of thing, aren't we?
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"Would be working" or "Will be working" is most suitable?

We ____ be working very differently after the lockdown is lifted. will would In our country (non-native) sometimes it is difficult to understand the concepts of 'will’ and ‘would'. I would like to ...
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something that I will/do not want to buy

I think I will never see an eastern carpet that I will not want to buy. I think I will never see an eastern carpet that I do not want to buy. Do the bold parts both refer to the future in (1) and (2)...
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this is the first time **I visit** you

Hi my teacher (native) told me to find the solution for the problematic part of this sentence (in bold). "I’ve almost forgotten to mention that this is the first time I visit you." (Short ...
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Should I say "I'm going to see" or "I'm going to"?

In the following situation: --Have you gone to see the doctor? --No, but_______. Should I say "I'm going to see" or "I'm going to"? I feel like the former one makes more sense, ...
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After that I have vacation for a month

Why isn't a Future Simple ("After that I will have vacation for a month") used here?
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Different tense in one sentence

I have been trying to use the 'past perfect' tense and other related grammars in my sentence. I want to make sure if the sentences below are grammatically correct. I would also like to know if these ...
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difference between present simple and future simple [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following two sentences? The first one is in present simple tense and second one is in future simple tense but the difference in the meaning is not clear. We fly to ...
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My question is about sth in advance

Can we say : i need to start to collect/gather documents one and half a year ahead of time? Or what do we need to say when we're talking in advance?
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What kind of future verb tense is this: "will needs continue"? [duplicate]

What kind of future verb tense is this: "will needs continue"? These contests may take place at any time the competitors express their readiness, due notice of course, being given the day ...
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Difference between will and will be

What is the difference between below sentences or they are completely same at all? We will be looking at the questions very soon I will focus on new questions and We will look at the questions very ...
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By the time phrase and future simple. Possible?

Which options are correct and why? I'll have had lots of money by tomorrow or I'll have lots of money by tomorrow? I'll be there by tomorrow or I'll have been there by tomorrow? I'll have finished ...
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Sequence of moods

1. If you would/'d do me this favour, I will/'ll be very grateful to you. 2. If you would/'d do me this favour, I would/'d be very grateful to you. 3. If you will/'ll do me this favour, I will/'ll be ...
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When I will have

I recently wrote a letter of motivation with this sentence Later on, when I will have more experience as a Salesperson, I plan on gaining responsibilities in... Is this sentence correct ? Or should ...
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What's the difference between 'will be starting' and 'will start'?

The guide announced that the tour of the museum will be starting in 10 minutes and is schduled to run for about two hours. if i replace 'will be starting' with 'will start', is there any meaning ...
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İf + Present "Using" for future?

İ have a question. İf(when) his team is champion, he is happy.(he will (be) happy). > this can means for future? Tnx
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What is the difference between "when we are" and "when we will be"?

Please help me understand the difference between these two statements. I hope we can all celebrate when we are back in office. I hope we can all celebrate when we will be back in office.
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By the time the teacher comes to class, the students.. (complete) their homework

In this sentence: By the time the teacher comes to class, the students... (complete) their homework In what tense should complete be?
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Use of "will be" with time clause

Can we use future form in below sentence? There is 'after' which indicates time clause (as far as I know present simple or present perfect should be used instead of future in such case) so can I use ...
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"Big cities will be growing or will have grown by then."

Big cities will be growing or will have grown by then. In this sentence we use future continuous or future perfect simple.

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