The use of future in English

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The use of future in English

Unread postby karen » 15 Apr 2005, 23:39

Can anybody help me with the following: how do I explain the tenses future perfect and future continuous?

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Unread postby danobodhisattvah » 31 Aug 2005, 08:08

I believe future perfect is:

"Tonight we will have dined on turkey."

Future continuous is:

"The earth will be rotating ad infinitum.

Future perfect is a completed action, future continuous is a continuous action that can be interrupted, such as, "I will be waiting for you."

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Unread postby schetin » 14 Sep 2005, 13:24

Hi Karen,

But for what has already been said, both Continuous and Perfect used after "will" can render a certain degree of certainty. Say, "You will have done your homework" could mean "I can't believe you have."
It can also mean an expected result, say: "You will all have seen from the handouts which you have in front of you..." meaning "I think you have seen...", or an expected action going on now: "He'll be driving home now."



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