Future tense

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A future tense (/ˈfju:ʧə(r) ˈtens/) is a tense found in some languages. English however, when scientific grammar is properly applied, lacks a future tense. Rather, future time is expressed by using either of the English tenses, i.e. the present tense or the past tense. Note time-tense distinction.

Despite this, some pedagogic grammar analyses include an English "future tense". This is an example of incorrect pedagogic grammar. What they generally mean by this is either:

  • The full modal verb will used to express the future (but note also may, shall, can and must can also be used for future time).
  • The semi-modal verb going to.