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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“When this battle will be finally over” - shouldn't it be “When this battle is finally over”?

I read something in the manga: When this battle will finally be over... take me out to eat some tasty yakiniku. "when...will be" seems strange to me, isn't it better saying "When this battle is ...
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Simple present for speaking about the future the way natives do

I searched the whole internet but couldn't find anything else than the standard rules/guidelines as to how to use the simple present for future events. I understand that when something is scheduled, e....
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A sentence in Present tense was understood as future tense

I came across a Chinese web site selling skirts and then paid for two skirts in different colors. After I had paid for the skirts, I sent a short message to them: please let me know when you send ...
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“he leaves for New York tomorrow”. vs. “he will leave for New York tomorrow”

Which one is grammatically correct? I don't know when he leaves for New York tomorrow. or I don't know when he will leave for New York tomorrow Is it correct to use the future form of the ...
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is it possible to use the present simple tense with the time marker 'this evening'?

Recently I have come across the following usage of the present simple tense in the coursebook Cambridge English Key for Schools Result OUP 2013: Excuse me. Do you close at 8 o'clock this evening? ~ ...
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“Had” for future time

Can I use "had" for the future when something scheduled in the future is postponed? A) what is your plan tomorrow? B) I had an interview tomorrow, but they postponed it to next week. So I am ...
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Why is the present simple tense used for an event that is in the future?

I would like to know the difference between "be going to," the present continuous, and the present simple. We use one of them when we talk about future, but I can't differentiate them. For example: ...
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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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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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“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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“as we discuss in detail in a moment” - why not “as we'll discuss”?

The term 'raising verb' is potentially confusing. It is not the verb itself that undergoes movement. Rather, it is the complement subject that raises into the matrix clause, as we discuss in detail in ...
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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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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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“I will be loving you 'til we're 70” vs. “I will love you 'til we're 70”

From Ed Sheeran's song Thinking Out Loud: And, darling, I will be loving you 'til we're 70 Why is it not And, darling, I will love you 'til we're 70 ? Why is progressive used here?
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It will be or it will have been

Please tell me what the difference between the following sentences is Tomorrow it will be ten years since we moved in. Tomorrow it will have been ten years since we moved in. Thank you.
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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, ...
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Talking about the future using “Could have”

"How long will it take to make, anyway?" said Harry as Hermione, looking happier, opened the book again. "Well, since the fluxweed has got to be picked at the full moon and the lacewings have got to ...
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Does “to” refer to a future event

I stuck at page 338, Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Here's an excerpt, Certainty adjective controlling subject-to-subject raising 1.[The government] is unlikely to meet ...
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Can I say 'I knew I will go through it all'

If I'm talking about the past where I was sure exactly that I will do something, can I use two tenses - past and future in one sentence? For example: I knew I will go through it all. Thank you!
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Can “revolution that would transform” be rewritten as “revolution that transformed”?

The period 1786–9 saw the collapse of the old regime, and the rise of a revolution that would transform the nature and practice of politics. Source: Marisa Linton: Choosing Terror, p. 48. My ...
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The difference between “They said that they would” and “They said that they will”

The following is a part of an article from Mail Online Twitter, Facebook and email is taking over family life The survey also discovered that 43 per cent of children and 33 per cent of adults are ...
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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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Modal verb “will” to describe a present situation

I have heard a phone conversation between a person wishing to buy theater tickets and a sales agent like the following: “I want to buy two tickets for tonight’s show.” ~ “Certainly. I’ll need your ...
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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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“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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'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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The usage of the present simple for the future actions

I've got a bunch of examples dealing with the same issue. I have had some opinions on them but some of the opinions are controversial. So, I hope to get a better picture from you. The issue deals with ...
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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 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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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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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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How do we talk about the future in English if something is not 100% certain to happen?

How we will make sentence in English if something will happen in the future but still it is not 100 % sure? There is probability he may or may not be doing that particular work.
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Will this happen or is it a condition?

I read current news on Wikipedia and one headline for August 31, 2016 said: Mother Teresa of Calcutta is to be canonized into sainthood after "proof" of two miracles. For me it has two meanings. I ...
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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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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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“until such time as he would have finished”

We decided to wait until such time as he(our son) would have finished college, before asking him to take over our law firm. If that is correct, is this OK as well? I will wait until such time as ...
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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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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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Present Future: “If he doesn't help me, I'm finished”

I'm trying to understand the use of the Present Future, and The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL) has this example: If he doesn't help me, I'm finished. I understand that "am" is the ...
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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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'The boy told us that he is sitting for an examination next Monday.' - Is the present continuous tense “is sitting” suitable to use in this case?

This is a question related to reported speech from my English exercise book: Choose the best answer A, B, C or D to complete the following sentences: The boy told us that he _____ for an ...
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“to be” or “would be”?

I encounter a sentence as follows: The results were much like those of James Bernoulli’s Art of Conjecture (1713), developed analytically by Laplace in the late 18th century; but P´olya ...
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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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Present simple for expressing the future

While it's perfectly clear to me that one can use the present tense to talk about scheduled and fixed events in the future: Our train leaves tomorrow at 9pm. and so on, I've seen and used this ...
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Does 'Next' hold the sense of 'Year' in itself in following syntax

In a tutorial, I came across following syntax in which I had to identify a grammatical mistake in one of the four sections- By April next year / I will have been / working in this office / for ...
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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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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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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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I can't come to school tomorrow. I __ my aunt? [am visiting - will visit - .. ] [closed]

I can't come to school tomorrow. I __ my aunt please, clarify this sentence and choose the correct answer from these choices: [would visit - am visiting - will visit]
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'will submit' or 'will be submitting'

Which one is appropiate? I will submit my assignments by tonight I will be submitting my assignments by tonight. I want to express that before the end of the day, I will submit my assignments....