Questions tagged [future-time]

Refers to the many ways a speaker can refer to future time in English. There are five major ways and over a dozen ways total to refer to future time.

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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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Do I have to use the present simple or the future simple in the “what clause” after the phrase “be worried about” when referring to the future?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences is correct when talking about the future. I am not worried about what will happen. I am not worrued about what happens.
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Is it better to use simple past or present perfect for a future event?

If any man hurts my daughter, I will hurt him as much as he has hurt her Could it be past simple as at the time of writing the hurting if there was one, it would be finished and hopefully would ...
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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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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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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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Is 'to tomorrow' correct?

"The meeting is postponed to tomorrow" Is this grammatically correct? If not, how should it be conveyed?
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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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“If I was” vs “If I am” vs “If I become” vs “I would be”?

Which sentence is better to use? "Please active my trial, if I was happy, I'll switch to paid version." "Please active my trial, if I am happy, I'll switch to paid version." "Please active my ...
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Can we say “you can pay when the order gets ready”?

Is it true to say “you can pay when the order gets ready”? Can we use “get + ready” for the things that will happen in future??
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Going to plus if

is it correct to ask What are you going to do if you lose your pants on the train? Or maybe better to ask What are you going to do when you lose your pants on the train? Thanks.
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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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“It doesn't matter” or “it won't matter”?

It doesn't matter. It won't matter. Where is correct? Still confused when I use it so tell me good people where is the correct what should I talk
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Does this sentence need “will”?

The book I use to learn English has this example sentence, To tell the truth, I do not want to go to the party tomorrow because the examinations begin the day after tomorrow. I think this should be '...
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Using “Supposed to” in a prediction

I have been arguing with my friends over the usage of 'supposed to' for quite a while now. It is my belief that 'supposed to' is used to describe the obligation of the subject. For example: "I am ...
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Why “we are seeing them tonight” is correct?

I don't understand why the phrase "we are seeing them tonight" is correct. I would rather say "we are going to see them tonight" because the construction "to be going to" is used when you have planned ...
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Difference between “will” and “would” for predictions

What is the difference between will and would in the following sentence? In the following news link, why is would used instead of will? Here is the link and the headline: Why the US would never ...
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Some point “in future” or “in the future”

Using the is when we refer to something known to the reader or something specific. It is not clear to me how to deal with a word like future. Here is an example: They may get access to the book at ...
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Use of Simple Tense for future action without will & Shall

I Hope She forgives me. Above sentence gives idea about future action of her without using Will, Shall etc. We can use Simple Present tense to describe future scheduled, planed action.. Considering ...
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Using “when” to talk about the future

When the new park opens, I’ll go there every day. When the new park has opened, I'll go there every day. Can we use both of these? What is the difference between them?
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after retired or after retiring or after retirement?

I am preparing a speech about the life after retire. But not sure which one is correct below. After retire, I want to be a happy person. After retirement, I want to be a happy person. ...
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“Later on” vs “More later”

Is there any difference using the expression "Later on" vs "More later"? for example: I will work later on and I will work more later
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Using the present continuous or “going to” in “He is sure that he will be working for them next year”

This year he has flown over 60,000 miles for his job. He has been working for Crossinglives & Co. for almost two years now. He is sure that he (work) will be working for them next year as well. ...
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“He IS / WILL BE running a marathon this Saturday” – difference in meaning

1a. Michael will be running a marathon this Saturday. 1b. Michael is running a marathon this Saturday. 2a. Michael will be DJing at the Manchester festival this Saturday. 2b. Michael is ...
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“I hope he tells” vs. “I hope he will tell”

I saw these two phrase and I was wondering which one is correct? I hope he tells me the truth I hope he will tell me the truth
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Future tense - I would be available anytime until 12pm or after 8pm from 2nd of April

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I will be available anytime until 12pm or after 8pm from 2nd of April. or I am available anytime until 12pm or after 8pm from 2nd of April.
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choice between present and future tense

I have a scenario where I need to answer the below question. Is there a verification for Sponsor in IDP? My answer is below. Yes. If the sponsor is deactivated or expired in IDP, subsequently ...
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Ask correctly about something in the future : “Will candidates get accommodation ?”

I always find difficulties in asking properly in English. Can you help me to correct the following : Will the selected candidates for both fellowships get accommodation and/or any financial ...
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Present progressive to express future

which one is correct? As soon as we get the files (or messages), we will send them to you by email. or As soon as we get the files (or messages), we are sending them to you by email. I have ...
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“Will” vs “Maybe I will” and “I think I will”

Almost every English grammar book I`ve studied claims that "Will" is used to talk about plans decided at the moment of speaking. Sentences like "I will help you" or "I'll wait for you" give a strong ...
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Decided and arranged: “He is being…” vs. “He will be in the office on Monday morning.”

According to my "Cambridge - English Grammar in Use" app, Present Continuous ("I am doing") is used for "things" which are "already decided and arranged". The examples are: He's playing tennis on ...
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Will or would in future time

Why in following news they use "she'd" and not "she will" to talking about the future ? And crucially, it's not clear how far she'd actually go in criticising Vladimir Putin himself, a close family ...
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What is better way to say about a future plans?

I have a dialogue and need to complete the answer. A: Do you fancy playing tennis at 12 o’clock tomorrow? B: I’m sorry, I can’t join you at that time Which is the most preferable answer and ...
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Couldn't for future impossibility

Excerpt from BBC 6 Minute Grammar: Catherine If the weather gets worse, our plane could take off late. We might not take off at all! Neil Now that’s all fine, but if you say: We couldn’t ...
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I am going to go to London on the 1st of October

I am going to go to London on the 1st of October. On the one hand the sentence seems to be correct. On the other hand it sounds very strange 'going to go'. I am going to London on the 1st of ...
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Completing the sentence “By this time tomorrow…”

Ok. So I am having trouble completing this sentence correctly By this time tomorrow I will be gone I will have gone [future perfect ? ] I would be gone. I am starting to think that 3 isn't right. ...
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I'm going to be in England next week

As far as I know this sentence is well constructed: I'm going to be in England next week. I know it is wrong to think that certain English expressions must adjust to Spanish logic since they are ...
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Error correction : I have been informed that Dr. Sinha visits London the following month

I have been informed that Dr. Sinha visits London the following month. I came across this sentence in a error correction exercise related to articles. Although there are no errors related to articles ...
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What is difference between these three sentences- “would”, “would have”, and “will”

1.Tag those who'll attend her concert 2.Tag those who'd attend her concert 3.Tag those who'd have attended her concert
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“Ask Jim if he's staying tonight” or “Ask Jim if he stays tonight”

I know we can use present simple when talking about the future, especially after subordinate clauses. On the other hand, I also know that we can use present progressive to talk about future events, ...
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“I go to school tomorrow” to imply that I will attend school tomorrow

"I go to school tomorrow" to imply that I will attend school tomorrow. Is the aforementioned expression within inverted commas correct?
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“I'm going to invite…” VS “I'll invite”

The task is: Read these two sentences. Chose the one where Mike has already planned to invite Daisy to St.-Petersburg. I'm going to invite Daisy to St.-Petersburg. I'll invite Daisy to ...
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“Going to + Present Simple” vs “Going to + Present Continuous”

I am interested in distinguishing the difference between two patterns (to speak about a future plans, intentions, predictions, or intent to do something): Going to + Present Simple Going to + ...
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Why not present continuous or “going to” for these events?

This week, we are going on a trip to Europe. First, we will stop in London for five days. Then we fly to Rome for two days. After that, we go to Vienna. Why not present continuous if all has ...
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“Will be” vs “Will have been”

By 2030, New well-paid jobs ______ available. ("will be" or "will have been"?) I'm not really sure if will have been is the right answer here. I mean this isn't a completed action so wouldn't "will ...
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The progressive futurate is not aspectual: meaning?

Both the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL) by Pullum and Oxford Modern English Grammar (OMEG) by Aarts clearly say that the progressive futurate (i.e., the present progressive ...
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Which future form do we use in 'I am [to buy] that flat'?

This sentence is a bit confusing to me. Can you please tell me the correct answer to it and why not the other choices? I _____________ that flat. It's small and the kitchen is awful. A) am not ...
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Is it grammatical to use a present tense in an event that is not happening yet?

I am writing this sentence in my diary: We will visit Country A next month. It is always wonderful to be with Jan for a tour in Country A. Shall I use the future tense or is it still grammatical ...
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Can I convey the information about the future experience in this way?

Sentence: It might be the worst thing you will have ever heard (I anticipate that his experience of listening to some tunes in the future might be the worst thing that he have ever heard) Can I ...
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“until it made him sick” vs. “until it makes him sick”

I saw one phrase: He will have eaten it until it made him sick. Why don't we say ...until it makes him sick? I saw this rule under Time words with no future forms: by the time, until, as soon as, ...