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    In the future

    Good afternoon,

    I know that in English the expression widely used is "in the future" but I would like to know if "in a future time" would also be accepted as correct.

    For example:

    Let's hope for the best in the future.


    Let's hope for the best in a future time.



    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: In the future

    It's correct but not idiomatic.

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    Re: In the future

    In the book, a character named Zed lives in a future time, somewhere other than planet Earth. He is sent to Earth on a mission by his government, using the name of Troy Jones, who on Earth is a disappeared employee of the top-secret National Security Agency.
    (From Book review: ‘The Revisionists' *| ajc.com)

    Since "in a future time" is not idiomatic, would "in the future" be more preferable in this context?

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    Re: In the future

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Since "in a future time" is not idiomatic, would "in the future" be more preferable in this context?
    Not necessarily in this context, that of science fiction.

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    Re: In the future

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Since "in a future time" is not idiomatic, would "in the future" be more preferable in this context?
    That's not necessarily a reliable test for one particular context- there could be many reasons for not using a common term in a certain context. It would be a more reliable test when looking at a range of contexts.

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