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    Future tense

    I came across this Language Log entry and I thought it contained a number of excellent points regarding language. One, the main focus is something that students often raise, "Does English have a future tense?"

    The title is also intriguing considering traditional grammar's prohibition against using 'which' with people.

    THE LORD WHICH WAS AND IS

    Language Log: The Lord which was and is

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    Re: Future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by albeit View Post
    I came across this Language Log entry and I thought it contained a number of excellent points regarding language. One, the main focus is something that students often raise, "Does English have a future tense?"

    The title is also intriguing considering traditional grammar's prohibition against using 'which' with people.

    THE LORD WHICH WAS AND IS

    Language Log: The Lord which was and is
    Very interesting Albeit, thank you.

    It is something I will keep on thinking about for some time, for sure.
    Last edited by Abstract Idea; 21-Oct-2009 at 13:34.

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    Re: Future tense

    English has only two tenses: the simple present and past.

    All the others are really compound tenses.

    ‘So what?’ I hear!

    Well, it makes a big difference: let’s not forget that it is in these two tenses when using their negative and interrogative forms that we have to use the auxiliary verb do.

    All the other tenses (and I include the present and past continuous tenses) just need a not after the auxiliary verb and an inversion of the usual order of pronoun and auxiliary verb for the negative and interrogative forms respectively.

    I understand – I do not understand – do I understand?

    I understood – I did not understand – did I understand?

    I have understood – I have not understood – have I understood?

    I will understand – I will not understand – will I understand?

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    Re: Future tense

    As for 'the Lord which,' Biblical English (KJV) does not recognise today’s distinction between who for people and which for things.

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