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    Question will be discussed?

    Hi I'm having trouble understanding the way this idea is been expresed.

    "will be discussed" why does it mix past with future?


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    Re: will be discussed?

    Quote Originally Posted by saeta View Post
    Hi I'm having trouble understanding the way this idea is been expresed.

    "will be discussed" why does it mix past with future?
    This is a verb phrase in future tense and passive voice.

    will = future (modal) auxiliary
    be = passive auxiliary
    discussed = main verb in past participle form



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    Re: will be discussed?

    Quote Originally Posted by saeta View Post
    Hi I'm having trouble understanding the way this idea is been expresed.

    "will be discussed" why does it mix past with future?
    It does not really mix past with future. This is passive voice, and passive voice forms use a "past participle". Despite the name, "past participles" don't always mean something about the past.

    Here's an example.

    This will be discussed at our next board meeting, which will be on December 4th.

    This means, of course, "We'll discuss this at our next board meeting, which will be on December 4th".
    Last edited by PROESL; 26-Oct-2009 at 05:26.

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