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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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what is the difference between “ when it rains” and “when it is going to rain”

I will buy an umbrella when it rains. I will buy an umbrella when it is going to rain. What is the difference between the first one and the second one? Besides, can I change it to "when it is ...
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Future meaning of “going to”. What does it exactly mean?

She is going to spend her vacation in Hawaii. Does it mean that the speaker knows for sure that she has decided to go Hawaii ? OR does it mean that the speaker just guesses or speculates that ?
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She said the train left at 8 pm

Can I say the sentence in the following context? Now it's 7 pm, my friend Jane said " The train leaves at 8 pm" Can I say Jane said that the train left at 8 pm.(becauses now it is just 7 pm)
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use present tense to express future in some subordinate clause

In the two following sentences, it is correct to use present tense to express the future I hope they are working hard tonight. Students who graduate three years later will work in that factory. But ...
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How can I express the past condition

I know I can say She said that if it rained, they wouldn't go outside. But can I say: In the past, if it rained, they wouldn't go outside. Does the second one work? It will mix with the ...
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Can I use “past tense ”and “future tense” in one sentence?

Can I use "past tense" and "future tense" in one sentence? Although Jason went to the America last week for vacation, he will work on time tomorrow. Thanks so much!
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some ways of expressing future [duplicate]

I have learnt some words can use present tense to express the future. Like: Even if it rains, I will go outside. Can I change this one to: Even if you have jobs to do tomorrow, you are still playing!...
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using “even if-clause” to express future

Here are three sentences with "even if". But what time does the action happen? Even if he go to the U.S.A, his wife is still in England now.(This means the man will go to the U.S.A, right?) Even if ...
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one sentence of “if”

Now, I'm talking about the past, something I'm not quite sure. (not the unreality) At that time, if he took part in the meeting on the next day, maybe he was preparing the speech. Is this ...
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Question related to future tense [duplicate]

Seems that the same thought about future can be expressed in two ways. For instance: Are you working tomorrow? Will you work tomorrow? So the question is, are there any difference between ...
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“is getting” vs “will get”

Are there difference between those sentences? Alex is getting married next month. Alex will get married next month. Seems that the first one is expressed in present continues, and the ...
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shall I put “will” in these two following sentences?

Shall I put "will" in these two following sentences? Students who (will) graduate tomorrow will work in the factory three years later. Police should make sure if there is(will be) terrorists ...
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A question about using “be going to” and “will” with the present perfect in a question

Have you decided what you are going to do this weekend? Have you decided what you will do this weekend? As you can see, I'm asking using the present perfect tense, but I'm a bit confused about ...
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present simple expresses future [duplicate]

I know we can say: The plane takes off at 6:40 p.m.(expressing future) But can I say: The plane takes off at 6:40 p.m. when everything is ready. Or I should put "will" here The plane will take ...
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“Students who would go to the lab will” grammatical?

This sentence is grammatical? Students who would go to the lab will go there again tomorrow. context: Monday 4pm they should do some experiments in the lab, but 3 pm their teacher asked them to do ...
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Whatever she said, I will/would insist on doing that tomorrow

In this following sentence, which one is better: whatever she said, I will/would insist on doing that tomorrow.(now I'm speaking) Because we can just use "would" in the following sentence right? ...
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Do things or get things done

Please look at the following I will do the homework. This means I will myself do the homework I will get the homework done. I know this means that I will cause the homework done. So this could be ...
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the earth is still round tomorrow or will be still round

Shall I say: The earth is still round tomorrow. or The earth will be still round tomorrow.
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using present tenses to express future in relative clauses

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 ...
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I hope he (will) die

In this following sentence: Shall I say: I hope he dies Instead of saying :I hope she will die. Besides, shall I say: "I hope she is cooking at 8." Instead of "I hope she will be cooking at 8" ...
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The difference between (am+v.ing) and (will be+v.ing)

What is the difference grammatically and linguistically between: At this time next week, I will be visiting my uncle. At this time next week, I am visiting my uncle.
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What is the meaning of “as if” here?

What is the meaning of "as if" in B? A:The ceiling in this room doesn't look very safe, does it? B:No, it looks as if it's going to fall down. Can we omit it? Another question, can we use ...
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Can you explain this kind of tense usage?

Source Tear up the scroll and the beast goes back to the place it came from. I heard it in an anime episode, refer to the video at 14:00. I thoughf it should be will go back. Explain, please.
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Verb forms -s -ing (future tense)

Can I use the -s and -ing form interchangeably if I'm talking about something in the future? Person A: Do you know when David gets his car back from the dealership? Do you know when David is ...
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Would it be wrong to write “I'll pay the next time we'll have dinner” instead of “”I'll pay the next time we have dinner"?

I need a little help with the grammar structure being used in this sentence I'll pay the next time we have dinner. Would it be wrong if I write I'll pay the next time we'll have dinner" I ...
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Do I use present or future with “so that”?

You will find some food so that you won't need to go out when you arrive or You will find some food so that you don't need to go out when you arrive. Which one is the best? I think first one ...
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Some of you will have met me before vs Some of you met me before

I really do not get how "will" and past infinitive is used here. This comes from an example in a textbook, explaining usage of will in assumptions: Some of you will have met me before. I wonder, ...
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Afterwards + present simple

If it is a message from another time, from a distant star, why has it been put there ? A possible answer comes soon afterwards, when the first light of the sun touches the object. It then sends out a ...
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What is the difference between 'I will eat an apple' and ' I will be eating an apple'? [closed]

I want to know the difference between future tense and future progressive tense. For example, 'I will eat an apple' and ' I will be eating an apple'. What is the difference between two expression in ...
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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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We prove or we will prove …in mathematical papers

I often read in published mathematics papers We prove the claim as follows. I am wondering why mathematicians use "prove" instead of "will prove"? (I sometimes read papers using "will prove but ...
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“I'll go buy some tomatoes.” and “I go buy some tomatoes.” Which one makes more sense?

"I'll go buy some tomatoes." and "I go buy some tomatoes." Which one makes more sense? I think "I'll go buy some tomatoes." makes more sense since the simple future in this case shows a voluntary ...
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The “To Come” Infinitive

I'm in discussion with a friend of mine and we can't seem to come to an agreement. We're specifically discussing a passage in the King James Bible in Revelation 1:4, John to the seven churches ...
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Can you resolve this problem in context with the use of 'will'? [duplicate]

When I have the gems,I will tell you. When I will have the gems,I will tell you. The first one seems incorrect to a non-native speaker like me.But it is used by native speakers.How do the ...
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I have/will have time tomorrow?

I have time tomorrow. I will have time tomorrow. Which one is correct?
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Could you explain this kind of future? “Clare wants to be a doctor when she is older.”

Could you explain this kind of future, please? Clare wants to be a doctor when she is older Why isn't there are any use of will or going to?
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“I will not be coming” Vs. “I am not coming”

Is there a difference in meaning and usage between the two sentences below? (Both are happening in future) A) I'm not coming in for work today. B) I will not be coming in for work today.
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How to talk about an appointment that was set in the past for a future time?

I was wondering if the following sentence makes sense. My main purpose is to learn the structure and I just wrote this as an example: The earliest appointment she gave me is this Friday.
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Difference between study English / in studying English

Do these sentences mean the same I will help you study English. I will help you in studying English.
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How to use Future Unreal Conditional with adjectives?

I am learning from this page FORM 1 (Most Common Form) [If ... Simple Past ..., ... would + verb ...] If I want to use an "adjective"; say "busy". Is this sentence OK - actually I feel not: ...
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present simple or future in this case

I've just sent a book to someone. What should I say, when I write, to let him know the book has been sent? let me know when the book is with you or let me know when the book will be with you ...
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“While” and “When” phrases in the future tense

When I am using the future tense, why do "while" and "when" clauses have to be in the present tense? For instance, "While I am eating you will be speaking on the phone" and "I will be ...
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How can I use “Must” to express guessing?

I know how to make sentences in the past but I don't know how to make them in the present and future tenses. He looks happy, He must have heard a good news. I think the previous sentence is ...
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He…his boss that he…back after his vacation. Which answer fits the blank?

I am interested in this sentence: He ______ his boss that he ______ back after his vacation. a) doesn't tell / hasn't come b) won't tell / won't have come c) isn't telling / doesn't ...
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“going to die” vs “to die”

My SO from Japan contemplates two phrases: "We are going to die eventually." "We are to die eventually." Why does sentence 1. sound more correct? Is sentence 2. correct at all?
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Future continuous vs. future simple

I wonder if it's correct to say: We'll be having a great time. at the end of this letter. Shouldn't it be: We'll have a great time.
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I wonder what I (will or would) be doing in three years time?

What is the correct verb tense? I wonder what I will be doing in three years time? or I wonder what I would be doing in three years time?
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Future and Have to

Here's an example from the Murphy's grammar textbook: "I have to get up early tomorrow. I have a lot to do." So my question is: shouldn't it be "I WILL HAVE to get up early tomorrow." because of "...
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“I would be available to attend an interview”

I would be available to attend an interview on any day at your earliest convenience. This is the last paragraph of a letter of application. Could you explain to me why is "would" used instead of "...
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“starting soon” or “started soon”?

I would like to ask which one is the appropriate grammar for using "starting soon" or "started soon". For example: The commissioning will be starting soon. Is this right or wrong?

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