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Section 11.3.1.3

Future Tense

Use the future tense to indicate action that will occur at some pointafter the present. You can express future tense by using a verb in the simple present with a future adverb, by using the auxiliarywill, or by using the expression is going to or aregoing to.


The spring term begins in January nextyear. [future tense expressed with simple present verb]

Each second, in the superheated core of the sun, 4 million tons of matterare turned into pure energy. This process is the byproduct of a nuclear reactionthat converts nearly a billion tons of the simplest element, hydrogen, into alike amount of the slightly more complex element, helium. This conversion ofhydrogen to helium, however, is a one-way street and eventually the Sunwill simply run out of fuel. At thatpoint, the energy to sustain the thermal pressure of the core willdisappear and the Sun will begin to shrink. [future tense expressed with will]

--David Helfand, "Supernovae: Creative Cataclysms in the Galaxy"

The software company will come out with a new operatingsystem next year. [future tense expressed with will]

The software company announced that it is going to comeout with a new operating system early next year. [future tenseexpressed with is going to or are going to]


You can describe a past action that was in the future of another past action byusing the past tense of the auxiliary will.


The company promised it would deliver the prototype ontime.

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