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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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“By this time next week, I” + “will have worked” or “will work”?

By this time next week, I will have worked on this project for twenty days. By this time next week, I will work on this project for twenty days. Do they both mean the same? If not, what is the ...
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English Passive Future

Active form: i won't finish it tomorrow. (I think it should: i m not finishing it tomorrow.) Which is correct? Passive: 1. It isn't being finished tomorrow. 2. It won't be finished tomorrow.
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Future forms - which tense is good?

I am very confused using future tenses to described situation will be completed at some time in the future. Let's say that I see that workers are building a highway and I can say to a friend: The ...
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What are we going to do now? / What will we do now?

I and my friend discussed a grammar exercise related to future tenses like this: We seem to be completely lost. What (we, do) _________ now? For me, 'what are we going to do now' sounds much more ...
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“Cricket will be being played by me” - Future Continuous Tense to Passive Voice

While I was talking to one of my friends, he changed a sentence which used the future continuous tense into one using the passive voice. When I asked him about this, he showed me a picture from a ...
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Difference between “I will do” and “I am going to do”?

In French it is "Je ferai" and "Je vais faire." How can you tell which one to use in English? Edit: Does this question answer it well in your opinion?
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exact meaning of a phrase with sequence of tenses

He and his father were going to the Grand Canyon, then would spend a week rafting down the Colorado River, and finally go on to Disneyland. This is a fragment from a book. The narrator speaks in the ...
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Future tense vs Future continuous tense

Trainer got stuck in traffic so we will be starting at 11 AM. Trainer got stuck in traffic so we will start at 11 am. Is there any difference between future tense and future continuous tense. Why ...
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The meaning of “In years to come any history of the Supreme Court will”

Statement of Justice Anthony Kennedy: In years to come any history of the Supreme Court will, and must, recount the wisdom, scholarship, and technical brilliance that Justice Scalia brought to ...
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Grammar for ask

I know this sounds right: If I were to ask you how to [verb][object], you'd say... but I want to word it this way instead: If the question of how to [verb][object] was asked of you, you'd say.....
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Meaning of “would be” in “announced that he would be leaving Google”

On August 3, 2012, Bloch announced that he would be leaving Google. (Source) What I can understand: I will leave Google. I would leave Google. What's the meaning of: would + be + verb-ing
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'We are having a party this evening' - Why do we use the present continuous?

I have a sentence: We are having a party this evening. I don't know why we use present continuous. In grammar, we don't use having for possess.
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What is the right place for the word “probably” in a future perfect sentence?

For example: "By the time these clothes fit me, they..." will probably have been out of fashion probably will have been out of fashion
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Present tense or present perfect in 'once we receive/have received this data, we will proceed to notify you?'

I want to inform someone that we cannot provide them with the data she requested right away since we still have not received it from a third-party. However, we are expecting it in the near future. My ...
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“at risk of” What verb is this phrase connected with?

I would be happy if you could choose form of transport so that my parcel would not be put [?] at the risk of damage . I am not sure about using verb "put" with the phrase "at the risk of". Maybe ...
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“I am excited I'll play against Federer tomorrow/next week.” Weird sentence?

I am being taught by a teacher who is a non native speaker. Her boyfriend comes from an English-speaking country. The problem is that she asked him whether the following sentences are correct: I am ...
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“He likes it tomorrow” / “We leave for Hawaii tomorrow” - Why is the first sentence bad?

The following sentences sound right to me: The package arrives tomorrow. (The package is going to arrive tomorrow) We leave for Hawaii tomorrow. (We are going to leave for Hawaii tomorrow) ...
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“Will Have Done” tense- meaning and examples

Looking for sufficient definitions and explanations of this tense, I noticed that one meaning will usually refer to something someone "will have done" as something that "will have been done\completed"....
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Is it correct to use “will have been being”?

By this time next year we will have been being on this committee for a decade. Is it correct to use future perfect progressive tense in this sentence?
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I'll have a brandy vs I have a brandy

The waiter: "Hello sir, what would you like to drink?" Sir James: "I'll have a brandy" Is still correct/common in English if Sir James answers: "I have a brandy" (without "will") I know I can ...
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What's a simple word for “it seems to me that it isn't going to happen”?

Let's say my friend is jobless and lazy. I know he should find a job, but I highly doubt he will even try to look. I could say: It seems to me that it isn't going to happen. Which of these ...
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Why should there be a use of perfect to make this statement grammatical?

In a week's time I will complete my work. In a week's time I will have completed my work. Option 2 is given as the correct answer which is future perfect tense. The first sentence is simple future ...
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Use of shall with “I and we”

I _ meet my friend tomorrow. Usually shall is used with first person: I and we. So, in the above sentence is it fair to use shall in the blank. Actually my book mentioned the answer as Will, ...
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Indication of different times

I am very happy to have helped you. I'm very happy to be helped you. I'm very happy to help you. I was very happy to had helped you. By the first sentence, I wanted to mean that I've helped someone ...
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Will and future fact

There is something I don't understand with the future simple. My book says we can use it in this sentence: "In June we will bring out two new models" Instead I would say: "In June we are ...
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How to say that you have plans to go to the movies tonight?

How to say that you have plans to go to the movies tonight (but you are not sure yet, maybe you will have a pizza)? I mean there are options: I am going to the cinema tonight. Way too much ...
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Maybe + future tense

Should I say (in informal day-to-day speech): Maybe I go for a walk in hour or so. Maybe I go visit James next week. or Maybe I will go for a walk in hour or so. Maybe I will go visit James next ...
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Which sentence is most appropriate? “Next year Anny and I {will have been / will be} married for 25 years”

Which sentence would be most appropriate? Next year Anny and I will have been married for 25 years. Next year Anny and I will be married for 25 years. (this sentence came out of a grammar book. I ...
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“When will you be leaving” instead of “When will you leave”

I heard someone use the sentence "When will you be leaving?" I want to know why this sentence was used instead of "When will you leave"?
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“The hospital will take hours to treat you.” - How should I understand it?

What is the meaning of The hospital will take hours to treat you? Does it mean that you will spend hours in the hospital before you will be treated (because there will be a lot of people there)? Or ...
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“He'll have lunch.” what exactly does this sentence mean?

He will have lunch 12:30 ~ 1:00 according to this sentence. The anwers are 'b, d' in the question 4. I wonder why can't 'a' be the answer? a. he'll have lunch. b. he'll be having lunch. I think ...
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Does 'will' *really* mark future reference?

I just heard that will doesn't mark future reference, even though in teaching English it's highly comfortable to think of it as so. I will find a way to neutralize the bomb. I'm going to speak ...
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Mr. Sanders _______ on a business trip to Tokyo until the end of this week

Mr. Sanders _______ on a business trip to Tokyo until the end of this week, so he will not be able to complete the sales report as scheduled. A. would have been B. will be C. will have been D. was ...
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Does “I will” express a current desire, or a prediction of the future?

I'm struggling a bit with translating the English "She will do X" or "She will be Y" into my mother tongue (German). Lets say we have the sentence "She will be loved". A native English speaker would ...
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(Will have) or (Would have)

By the time they reach the station the train would have/ will have left. Since it's a future action, we should be using 'will have'. But since 'would' can also be used as a modal verb to indicate ...
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Hurry up!The programme will start/is about to start

Hurry up!The programme will start/is about to start. My Approach: Here also I think both can be used in reference that the programme will start in future and they will miss Or The programme is ...
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She has bought some cloth.She will make/is going to make herself a blouse

She has bought some cloth.She will make/is going to make herself a blouse. My Approach: I am confused here which to use.I think both can be used in reference to action whether she does in future or ...
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Simple future or “be going to” in: “Help! I will/am going to fall”

Do I use the simple future tense or the "be going to" tense in a situation that has not yet happened? Help! I will fall. Help! I am going to fall My approach: I think the action will ...
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The plane arrives/will arrive at 3:30

The plane arrives/will arrive at 3:30. My Approach: I think the the sentence express a prediction by the person or guess and hence I used will.Though it is not explicitly mentioned to be prediction ...
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Should I use “will” or “would” for the future tense if there is a condition?

Once you send me your final SOP, I will place it in the main document. Or should it be "would place" in the main document since it is conditional? Thank you
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Conditional clause in the future

Please consider this context: we are on Day 0 there is a meeting on Day 4 I am leaving the country for 15 days at some time between Day 2 and Day 5 Is the following sentence correct? "If I haven't ...
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Does my edit of participle clause of “an action that is the result of another action” make sense?

OP: moments later a bomb exploded, leaving three people dead and twelve others injured Can i change it into future tense of participle clause? Like soon, a bomb will explode, leaving three ...
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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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Why is “would” used in this passage?

He retired to his country estate, where he recorded his reflections on politics. Two of his books would become classics in political theory: Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy, a set of essays ...
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Why is this future tense used in this sentence?

I read the following sentence in Flatland: when you have placed your eye exactly on the edge of the table, the penny will then have ceased to appear oval... I don't understand why there is will ...
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Where is he to go in?

Where is he to go in? Where is he going to go in? Do these two basically mean the same? How is the be + to form usually used? Can you give some simple sentence examples?
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I'm / I'll be eighteen soon

Is it correct to use simple present in this sentence? I 'm eighteen soon. Or is only simple future tense possible? I 'll be eighteen soon. Or maybe either? Is there any difference?
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When to use “be going to” / present continuous in future? [duplicate]

In our lesson we have Be going to future plans (personal) prediction based on something we can see or hear Present continuous future arrangement fixed plan Is this right? Can someone explain this ...
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Why must the future tense not be used after 'unless'?

[Source:] !! Do not use the future tense after unless [✓] I won't go unless you go [✘] [I won't go] unless you will go. [✘] Why not? Even if the above is prescriptive, what may be some reasons? ...
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How to ask how long will something continue in future?

What is the appropriate way of asking question about how long an event will continue in future? I want to ask, eg: How many more days will the product be in stock? (incorrect?) How long will the ...

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