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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Could someone explain to me what tense to use?

I'll be back on set tomorrow. This will be the last time I will play this character. I'll be back on set tomorrow. This will be the last time I play this character. I'll be back on set tomorrow. This ...
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Is what my grammar book says relevant? the interchangeability of future simple and future continuous with certain designations of time

I have a book called "The practice of English grammar." by Izrailevich, Katchalova. It's quite old. I wonder whether what it says is true and accurate. Is it really true that you use the ...
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The new supermarket IS TO BE OPENED by... or WILL BE OPENED by...?

The new supermarket is to be opened by... The new supermarket will be opened by... I'm doing grammar exercises from the book DESTINATION C1 and my answer was the 2nd option because I think it really ...
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What does "Days of Future Past" mean?

What does X-Men: Days of Future Past mean? I interpret it to mean: days without future, where "past" on "future past" means gone. Is that so?
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will have an operation / going to have an operation / has an operation

Which version is idiomatic? If more than one version is idiomatic, explain the difference please. I've tried to explain why each sentence can/can't be used. I need a native speaker's view on that. He ...
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'Whenever' with future time clause

Question is simple.. My friend asked me 'When will you sleep?' My answer should be.. 'Whenever I'll feel sleepy.' Or 'Whenever I feel sleepy.'
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Difference in meaning between "It is 500 miles" and "it is going to be 500 miles" in context

Would you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between it is 500 miles and it is going to be 500 miles in the context below? The load is going from New York to Ohio. It is 500 miles in total/...
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"The one who stays" vs. "the one who will stay" in context

Would you tell me if both the following sentences are perfectly natural? The one who stays after work this coming Friday will get paid twice the rate for each hour. The one who will stay after work ...
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is going to be accessible

a. His new single should be accessible online sometime soon. b. His new single should already be accessible online sometime soon. =================== c. His new single is going to be accessible online ...
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What would you say if tomorrow or yesterday were a milestone moment for you?

If today were your and your partner's 5th anniversary you would say: "It's been 5 years since we started dating" or "We've been dating for 5 years already" or some might say: &...
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How many lessons will/do you have tomorrow? How many lessons are you having tomorrow?

Are they all natural? As I understand it, the second one is more common, because there's a question about timetable. But the third one isn't correct because of classes are not a personal arrangement. ...
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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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Correct sentence for starting a work after two hours from now [closed]

I want to say I will start a project after two hours from now. What is the correct sentence for it? I'll start within two hours I'll start after two hours I'll start in two hours Or...?
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"You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work."

You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work. You will acquire more and more knowledge while you are working. What is the difference between them? Which sounds more natural?
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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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The number of books will increase (will have increased)?

The number of books in the library ____(increase) by at least fifty percent by the time the renovation finishes next year. will increase will have increased Why are both answers correct? And when do ...
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When "If you have any questions" refers to the future, why isn't it "if you would have any questions"?

There are several questions here on ELL that refer to the idiom "if you have any questions", but none of them touches upon why is it "you have" and not "you would have", ...
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present progressive indicating the future

Can the present progressive be used to indicate the future as follows? John is working at the store for two months. If so, how does it differ from "John is going to work at the store for two ...
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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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Difference between 'as long as' and 'so long as'

I am studying English with Understanding and Using English Grammar by Longman. In an exercise, I have to use given the time words appropriate to the meaning to combine each pair of sentences. ...
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Can I use the present to express the future in this case?

When I'm writing an article, and I want to tell my readers what I'm going to do in the subsequent text, can I use the present, or do I always have to use a construction expressing the future? For ...
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Time clauses and present perfect progressive

I have found a rule that we cannot use future forms when using time clauses including expressions such as: while, before, after, until/till, as, once, as soon as, as long as, by the time Does this ...
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Is there any future tense in English grammar?

The future tense is a verb tense used for a future activity or a future state of being. For example: I will jump in the lake. (This is a future activity.) I will be happy. (This is a future state of ...
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Far off VS Way off (future time)

What's the difference? Can I say "my birthday is far off" and/or "my birthday is way off"? thanks.
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Are sometimes Simple Future and Future Progressive interchangeable

One thing that tricks me is the meaning the progressive form of the future conveys. For instance: This time next week we'll be meeting our boos Saturday I'll be fighting him Does those two mean: ...
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a hypothetical situation in future

I was writing a letter for my exam practise. I have written a sentence in this letter which is Otherwise, not only would I have said no to the client but I also would have brought so many gifts for ...
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Can we use second conditional for future

I was learning about second conditionals when I found a conflicting opinion on the internet regarding second conditional's future use. Consider this sentence for example : If I pilot a plane tommorow,...
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"Will be xxx- ing" or Will xxx"

I wish to write an email about a decision taken in a meeting. Of the below options, which is the correct sentence to put in the email? It was agreed that XYZ team will conduct a monthly review ...
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will come vs are coming

Tonight is the night when my brother come with his wife at my house. Could you say how is better to say this information and what is the difference? Don’t forget that my brother and his wife will ...
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What is the difference between Do you arrive vs Are you arriving

I would like to know what is the difference between these two examples and can I use them both with the same meaning? When do you arrive tomorrow? When are you arriving tomorrow?
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"The next time I am in the city", "next time I am in the city", "the next time I will be in the city" or "next time I will be in the city"?

Which one is the most correct and natural: the next time I am in the city, next time I am in the city, the next time I will be in the city or next time I will be in the city? For example: We could ...
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the museum will be open vs the museum opens

Could you describe the difference if both sentences are correct. I don't see any difference in meaning (but tenses are different). Can you tell me what time the museum will be open? vs Can you ...
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Be going to or verb-ing in this context? [duplicate]

Here's a not very clear exam question, in my opinion at least, it asks to circle the correct answer in: It seems that our neighbors are (having/going to have) a party this weekend. This is our ...
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What's correct here, "will" or "am going to"?

As an English learner, I've got a question regarding the following sentence. "I've got a 10% pay raise. Next month, I ... have 2750 pounds." Should I use "will" or "am going to" here? And why? ...
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Is there any difference between "I am planning to do something" and "I am going to do something"?

Is there any difference between I am planning to so something and I am going to do something? For example: I am going to finish my project next week. I am planning to finish my project next ...
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How to use modal verbs in the past tense speaking of future possibility?

everyone. I learn English vocabulary and write sentences about my life using new words. But I have a problem. I can't write one sentence so that both grammar and meaning are correct. Some context ...
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Distinguishing present from future in a conditional sentence

Consider the following sentences, used in an email message: I'm going to be on vacation next week. If you need anything, call me. It could mean If you need anything now, call me, because next ...
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Have got married

Have you got married They have got married Are these sentences used to ask someone whether he/she or they have decided to get married on a particular date, are they ready for it, or something else?
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Expressions to refer to some point in the future

Which of the following expressions is idiomatic and\or grammatical? I think I will be busy until I become 45 or something. By that time, my children will be mature enough to depend more on ...
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What tense is used in "Tomorrow I die"?

"Tomorrow I die. Tomorrow I die, and today I want to tell the world what happened and thus perhaps free my soul from the horrible weight which lies upon it." by Edgar Allan Poe in "The Black Cat" ...
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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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Simple present vs. deterministic future

When I record a video in which I demonstrate a software application in action, I should say I click on the button or I am clicking on the button? In the video, I click on the button one second after ...
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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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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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