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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Past tense in the possible future [on hold]

Is it correct to say this. You are allergic to nuts and seeds so always remember that you should not eat foods that you did not prepare yourself.
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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You should make your bed after you wake up / after you woke up / after you have woken up? Which one to choose?

Ok, I should say: You should make your bed after you wake up. or You should make your bed after you woke up. or You should make your bed after you have woken up. In case 1, the waking-up action ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Asking question regarding future

I have a scenario in which I am asking someone "When she get the accommodation in university?" She said "She will get the accommodation when she will be 22." Now I want to turn this into ...
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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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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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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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continuous or going to

Please would you mind shipping directly to me as I am shipping to you next monday Is it better to use going to, I don't think so because Iam going to do it for sure and I can't use present because it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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 expressions “This Monday” and “Next Monday”

Suppose it is Wednesday: Does the expression "This Monday" mean: The Monday of the same week. The Monday of the following week. Does the expression "Next Monday" mean: The Monday of the following ...
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“Will come” or “Will be coming”

Almost all my friends say "I will be coming tomorrow" to refer that they are coming tomorrow. Why don't they say "I will come tomorrow"? (Note that they are not saying like "will be coming tomorrow ...
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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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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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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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Can we say “I'll be there one hour later” instead of “I'll be there in an hour”?

I understan "I'll be there in an hour." is a correct sentence, but if I make the sentence to "I'll be there one hour later." is that correct? and same meaning? if not, why is it incorrect? i'm ...
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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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“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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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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I have/will have time tomorrow?

I have time tomorrow. I will have time tomorrow. Which one is correct?
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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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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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The use of the Future Perfect Continuous Passive in 'The apples will have been being eaten by him'

The apples will have been being eaten by him. This sentence above was offered in my English class as an example of the future perfect continuous tense. This seems to me too awkward to be correct. ...
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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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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 ...