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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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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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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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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Question related to future tense [duplicate]

Seems that the same thought about future can be expressed in two ways. For instance: Are you working tomorrow? Will you work tomorrow? So the question is, are there any difference between ...
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"is getting" vs "will get"

Are there difference between those sentences? Alex is getting married next month. Alex will get married next month. Seems that the first one is expressed in present continues, and the ...
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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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The difference between (am+v.ing) and (will be+v.ing)

What is the difference grammatically and linguistically between: At this time next week, I will be visiting my uncle. At this time next week, I am visiting my uncle.
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people who (will) attend the party will

the following sentence shall I add "will"? People who (will) attend party tonight will take part in the party tonight. Besides: The girl who will be my girlfriend will take part in my party. ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between 'I will eat an apple' and ' I will be eating an apple'? [closed]

I want to know the difference between future tense and future progressive tense. For example, 'I will eat an apple' and ' I will be eating an apple'. What is the difference between two expression in ...
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What is difference between 'going to' and 'about to' in the given sentences? [duplicate]

I am going to buy a house. I am about to buy a house. I think both are planned actions that will happen in future. Is there any difference in the above sentences? Explain to me the correct meaning ...
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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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Usage of simple future and future perfect with static and dynamic verbs

Please look at the following sentences We'll be home by midnight. We'll have been home by midnight. If we use 'be home' in the sense of being present at home and according to the definition of 'by'...
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Using simple future and future perfect

What is the difference between the following sentences At 6 o'clock I will have left. = The action of leaving will be complete by 6:00. By 6 o'clock I will have left. = The action of leaving will be ...
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Tenses to refer to the future

I would like to know if there are any other tenses or grammatical structures to use for speaking about the future apart from will (perfect tense included), going to, simple and continuous present. I ...
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Can you resolve this problem in context with the use of 'will'? [duplicate]

When I have the gems,I will tell you. When I will have the gems,I will tell you. The first one seems incorrect to a non-native speaker like me.But it is used by native speakers.How do the ...
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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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How to say that something happens in the future related to a particular date?

How to say that something happens in the future related to a particular date? Fines are issued in the future ??? as related to the date of first missed payment ???
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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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"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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What is the most common way to say that my birthday is tomorrow?

I have encountered the following three structures, but I'm not sure how common are they for native speakers? Tomorrow is my birthday. Tomorrow will be my birthday. It is my birthday tomorrow.
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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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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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'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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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"I would leave tommorow" - is it grammatical?

Let's say that I utter the following: I will leave tomorrow. Would it be ungrammatical to say the following the next day: I would leave tomorrow. I know that the following are grammatical and ...
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Why 'If they are to be woven'?

I am just practising some English grammar. Here is the question I am confused about: Fibres of hair and wool are not continuous and must normally be spun into thread _____ woven into textile ...
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Can I use "at the latest" in questions?

Can I use at the latest in a question while asking for nearest possible deadline as in the following: When can you complete it at the latest? (I want to mean: What is the nearest day in future ...
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present continuous or simple present

Is it correct to say We will need a car because we are taking the plane. (tickets have been bought and we are leaving in 2 weeks) or is it better We will need a car because we go by plane.(...
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Can I use simple present to explain how to do something now

I know I can use simple present for instructions. But, If I want to explain how to do something now, can I use the simple present? For example is it correct if I said "I show you how to do it." or ...
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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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Should I use "will" with "tomorrow"?

Which of the following are correctly formed? Tomorrow I get up at half past six. or Tomorrow I will get up at half past six.
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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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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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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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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 ...