Thursday, February 3, 2011

Future tense verbs

Unfortunately there's no such thing as future tense verbs. At least not in the English language. To express an event that will happen in the future, you must us an auxiliary word along with a past or present tense verb. As far as writers are concerned, only one modern auxiliary word in the entire English language should be used to express a future event.

Will.

Future progressive
Use a verb ending in ing [present participle] preceded by will be. It's used to describe an event that will be happening in the future.
Tomorrow morning I will be waiting at the corner for the bus.
Future perfect
Use a verb ending in ed [past participle] preceded by will have. It's used to describe an event that will have happened in the future.
By the time I'm 22, I will have graduated from college.
Future perfect progressive
Use a verb ending in ing [present participle] preceded by will have been. It's used to describe an event that will be happening in the future at the time another event will happen.
will have been singing for an hour by the time they arrive. 

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