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The future tense is a verbal construction that marks the event described by the verb as not having happened yet.

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You will be fine

I have a doubt on this sentence You will be fine. I want to know what kind of sentence is this? As per my research, it is not a sentence in the future continuous form, although it uses, will be 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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What is the difference between “I will need something” and “I will be needing something”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences. Don't throw your boots away yet because you will need them. Don't throw your boots away yet because you will be needing them....
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In the next chapter we are going to learn or in the next chapter we will learn?

In texts (books, tutorials, etc) when we want to express an action that will happen in the text itself, such as giving instructions or explaining a subject, should we use will or going to? In this ...
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Completed action in the future

Which Tense should I use to tell if completed action in the future? e.g 1 a) Later we realized that he changed his route. (in the past context) b) Later we realize that he change/changed his route. ...
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Using the modal verb WILL

I have come across the following sentences in an upper-intermediate book: Living in a foreign country seems strange at first, but you soon get used to it. Don't worry. You will soon get used to it. ...
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By the time…, was/had been

Could someone tell me what's the difference between: By the time we got here, the place was barricaded. By the time we got here, the place had been barricaded. The same question about these ...
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A change of plan

Think about plans you've had which changed. Use these or your own ideas… • meeting friends • commuting / traveling • planning an event Answer these questions: What were you planning to do? What ...
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Sentence grammar problem about “To” --> “I will help you (To) study English” [duplicate]

Sentence grammar problem, I don't know when should I need to add "To" into a sentence, please help me to give me more information about Tense structure or Grammar architecture feedback, thanks. ...
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Is “will” compulsory for future event?

Here, both sentences indicate a future event. What is the difference between the two sentences? The meeting starts at 5 o'clock. The meeting will start at 5 o'clock. Is the first ...
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Present Simple as Future

We use Present Simple when the thing that will happen in the future time. But can we use Present Simple when no time is specified. For example: What happens to him after that? Choose what happens to ...
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Does the “Future will ”and “Be going to” actually have a difference between them?

Well, I might give up trying to understand the difference between those verb tenses. I know the differences between them Be going to: Plans planned; Predictions that you can see, and you have ...
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What is the correct way to refer to future that is spoken about in the past?

I want to talk about a moment in the future that I though about in the past. Is any of these sentences correct and why? I thought we might become more than just friends in the far future, when our ...
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Double “will” or not

Please consider the following sentences: It is an act which will make the audience think that I (have/will have) used too much time. The man never wants to buy her the ring, which will leave ...
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Uncertain about future perfect

I'm trying to better acquaint myself with the future perfect tense, and I wanted to ask if the following sentence makes correct use of it: I believe the pressure to impeach President Trump would ...
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Why can't you say don't instead of won't?

Our textbook says, A: "I have to go shopping this afternoon." B: "Don't forget the bread." A: "No, I won't." About the last sentence, why can't you say "No, I don't."? i.e. Why is "No, I don'...
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present simple vs will

Why has the writer used "will" rather than "simple present" in the following sentences: 1) Many people learn English because they think it will be useful in some way for international ...
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Grammar present simple, simple future, present continuous

Following on from fireeeeeee's answer to this question, the example "I eat cereal for breakfast" and the descriptions concerned, please let me know what is the difference between that and the sentence ...
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1st and 2nd conditional mixed?

I am so confused because I see lots of 1st and 2nd conditional mixed sentences.(or maybe it not) There is an example in music video called "Queen of Mean". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9o1QS-itsU ...
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The present continuous vs. the 'going to' construction for future events

Is there any slight difference between the two sentences below? I’m taking the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow. I’m going to take the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow.
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Using “expect” in the future tense

Today I encountered with these sentences: It will be expected to be raining tomorrow. Society may change, but gender roles won’t be expected to change with it. Is this usage of "expect" with ...
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A Particular Use of “Would”

Someone commented on a YouTube video, and I don't understand why he used "would". Here is the comment: I swear the video could be 911 stories and there would be a police photo on the thumbnail.
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An exercise about the future tense

Here is an exercise from Interchange 3 by Jack C. Richards. Complete these predictions with the correct Verb forms( Choose between will, future continuous and future perfect). (More than one ...
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WOULD meaning in those sentences

1.I think we would be better off friends. 2.I think that i would die. 3.I would die for you. 4.I think i would just cut the wire. Why would is used in those sentences? I think it is not ...
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“Would” usage in this sentence

The truth is that I loved him and I stood by him and he sent me to you, like he would send a stagehand to pick up his shirts. What is the usage of would in this sentence? I think would is only used ...
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I will <do> <have done> the work by 5 o’clock

1. I will do the work by 5 o’clock. It means that we will be able to say "I'm doing the work." at some moment before 5 o'clock inclusive. That is we don't mean the work will already be done/finished ...
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when we want to express future intentions or promises, can we use going to or will? [duplicate]

I am never going to talk to you ever again. I will never talk to you. Which is the best? I think the second one is better because it is a promise so "will" seems to be better but it is also an ...
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If it will do or If it does

I’ve decided to attend the course no mаtter if it (will come / comes) in hаndy in the futurе or not. Is it grammatically correct to use “will” after “if” in a case like this?
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Question about the tense of “until …” in a object clause

Quite confused about it. Here is a sentence: I was wondering if you could lend me a few dollars until I get paid on Friday. Why is got or would get improper here? Compared with: I said I would go ...
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What is the most idiomatic choice in this case

I am studying to become a pharmacist and I found a summer job in a pharmacy, I have just signed my contract Shall I say I am working for the next two months. I begin 1st july and finish 1st ...
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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present?

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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future or present simple for a very soon action

Shall I say School is finished in 2 weeks or school will be finished in 2 weeks" I think both are ok but first seems for me better because the action of finishing school is a scheduled date like a ...
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Using “will” or “going to” for expressing future with skills [duplicate]

Are skills considered evidences when we're talking about the future? For example, I had that question which said: "Liverpool players are known to be skilled, they .... the match" So should I use "will ...
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What's the most neutral future tense in English? [closed]

Without the sense of "Willingness" or "Intend" or whatnot, what form has the most neutral future meaning in a daily conversation? Someone told me that the "Be going to" would be the one, but he was ...
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“Will you be free” vs “Are you free”

I want to hang out with my friend on Sunday (or some other time), what is the correct way to ask him about his ability to do it? a)"Are you free on Sunday?" or b)"Will you be free on Sunday?" I can ...
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Why do people prefer using “will be doing” form(future continuous) when they can use just “will do”(simple future)?

I get confused several times, especially in speaking English, when I hear more and more native English speaker prefer to use "be doing" form. When I attend a class the instructor may say "We will be ...
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Present tense or Will

The person who wins gets the prize The person who wins will get the prize The person who will win gets the prize The person who will win will get the prize Which of the above are ...
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Will vs Present tense

I hope he arrives soon vs I hope he will arrive soon I don't know if he leaves today vs I don't know if he will leave today I know he knows vs I know he will know I hope it heals soon ...
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The main clause in future tense, the sub clause in present tense [closed]

On Monday, Chicago will make history when Lori Lightfoot becomes the city’s first black female mayor. Why?
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going to for an already fully planned decision

In two days M is going to camp with her group. They planned it all month Why "going to" instead of "is camping" because it has been already arranged, it took one month so it has been fully arranged
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Is the tense shifting in the first paragraph acceptable?

The Qinghai Tibet Railway, the highest in the world, begins operation on Saturday. 【The first train will leave Golmud, the second largest city of Qinghai Province in Northwest China, for Lhasa, in the ...
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What tense should I use with “leave”?

The Qinghai-Tibet Railyway, the world's highest, starts operating on Saturday. The first train will leave Golmud for Lhasa in the morning. ......The first train leaves Golmud for Lhasa in the morning....
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What is the best solution “going to or present progressive ”for a future event in this case

Shall I say Next monday they are operating my arm or they are going to operate my arm I think the first one is better because it is stronger than an intention .We can suppose the date was fixed and ...
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will or present progressive in this case

Buy some pizzas for your lunch! We are not coming back or won't come back home because our friends has just invited us i think second one is better because it has not been planned, it is a decision ...
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Which of the following is correct: She will visit her friend soon or She will be visiting her friend soon

Which of the following is correct: She will visit her friend soon Or She will be visiting her friend soon
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present continuous or going to in that case

I made an order through the net to reserve a record then in the comment place I wrote "I m not going to cancel this order as I did last time with the previous one" would it be possible to write" I ...
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future continuous or future simple in this case

I hope it won't be raining when we leave church I hope it won't rain when we leave church I can't see the difference. For me both mean the same thing and I think first one is better. The ...
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The time will come when your dream (will?) come true

According to Swan Practical English Usage (Don't say it! 130 common mistakes, page:xxvi); Don't say / write: I will phone you when I will arrive. Say / write: I will phone you when I arrive. ...
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Will be finishing vs Will have finished

What's the difference of meaning for this phrases: By 6 o'clock. I will be finishing the lesson. By 6 o'clock. I will have finished the lesson. I am making an english exercise and I think that these ...
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there will be/ is going to be

I want to say that tomorrow there will be a workshop. is this sentence grammatically correct: tomorrow is going to be a workshop Sounds to me that tomorrow is that workshop itself... is there ...