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    I've read that even if it's about something in the future, it doesn't have to be the future tense if the things are described in a relative clause.

    Is it true?
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    Default Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    I've heard that even if it's about something in the future, it doesn't have to be the future tense if the things are described in a relative pronoun clause.

    Is it true?
    There is no future tense in English, there are several ways to talk about the future. Have a look here: Ways of Expressing the Future in English

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    Default Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is no future tense in English
    I know that; things we think there will be in the future are just predictions made at present. That's not the point. I just used that term for convenience sake.

    A sentence with the auxiliary verb 'will', a description of the future. But when it is converted to a relative clause, it doesn't have to have 'will' even if it's still about the future?
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    Default Re: tense

    It's always easier to understand questions like this if you give examples of what you mean.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: tense

    The book I have has the sentence I posted at the top of this thread as a general statement, and it has this as an example:

    The time when we (will) live on other planets than Earth will come (or 'The time will come when we (will) live on other planets than Earth.').

    Well, it seemed to me that this one would work somehow without 'will', but then I wondered if it was possible to make a general statement as such, so I asked the question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    The book I have has the sentence I posted at the top of this thread as a general statement, and it has this as an example:

    The time when we (will) live on other planets than Earth will come (or 'The time will come when we (will) live on other planets than Earth.').

    Well, it seemed to me that this one would work somehow even without 'will', but then I wondered if it was possible to make a general statement as such, so I asked the question.
    You don't need the two wills in brackets.

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    Default Re: tense

    Right.

    And would you agree that it's possible to conclude that in relative clauses you don't have to use 'wills'? Or would you come up with an example where 'will' is necessary when it's about the future?

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