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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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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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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“I will start my course …” Or “I start my course …”

The simple present is used to make statements about events at a time later than now, when the statements are based on present facts, and when these facts are something fixed like a time-table, ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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past-future tense

Say, I am carrying a chainsaw towards a tree. In that case I am about to saw that tree down. Suppose someone stops me and asks me to cut that tree. How can I politely inform them that I am about to ...
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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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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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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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At 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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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what you should have accomplished

What you should have accomplished is ... I cannot say if this is talking about future , perfect future for instance, or it is about past tense , making guess about past events or third conditional. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 have/will have time tomorrow?

I have time tomorrow. I will have time tomorrow. Which one is correct?
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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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