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    How would you define the future time?

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    Talking Re: How would you define the future time?

    what do you want exactly?

    what sentence makes problem for you?

    in my opinion, you should clarify your question, may be other teachers will be able to help you in that way better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by matilda
    what do you want exactly?

    what sentence makes problem for you?

    in my opinion, you should clarify your question, may be other teachers will be able to help you in that way better.

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    Thank yo Matilda.

    I have a hard time in seeing what is the present time and what is the future time.

    Must tomorrow is a future time?
    What about next hour?
    What about next minute?
    What about next second?
    Are they all the future time?

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    Default Re: How would you define the future time?

    They are all future time.

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    yes, they are.
    even a second after now is future.
    don't you think so?

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    To me, yes.

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    Default Re: How would you define the future time?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    They are all future time.
    Then it follows that the next millisecond is also the future time.

    Then where is the present time?
    Is the present time just this one millisecond, not even the second one? If so, who can notice any present time at all?

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    Well, it's been a long time, Shun. How have you been?

    Quote Originally Posted by shun
    How would you define the future time?
    What do you mean by "the" future time? If you mean "future time", I'd say it's non-past and non-present.

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shun View Post
    Then it follows that the next millisecond is also the future time.

    Then where is the present time?
    Is the present time just this one millisecond, not even the second one? If so, who can notice any present time at all?
    I suppose we should not go too much into a philosophical debate as to what is present, past and future.

    As kids, we all learnt that yesterday is past, today is present, and tomorrow is future, in our 'Tense' classes. so why don't we concentrate on that? Probably the query was about the usage of future tense, or the way you can express future time.

    You can use 'will' for indicating a future action, anything that is going to happen after sometime (definitely not in this millisecond ) My brther will go to Australia tomorrow.

    There are other ways to expresst eh future sense.
    1. going to - My brother is going to Australia tomorrow.
    2. goes - My brother goes to Australia tomorrow.
    3. is to - My brother is to go to Australia tomorrow.
    At present (in this millisecond, to be exact) I remember only this much. Please contribute to this list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shun View Post
    How would you define the future time?
    When we see the week, last week is past time, present week is present time and next week is future time.
    When we see the day, yesterday is past time,today is present time and tomorrow is future time.
    When we see the hour or the watch, last second is past time, a present second is present time and next second is future time.
    When we see the year, last year is past time, present year is present time and next year is future time.
    When we see the century, last century is past time, present century is present time and next century is future time.
    And so on.
    Don't compare the week with the day, the hour, the year, the century and so on.
    Don't compare the day with the week, the hour, the year, the century and so on.
    When you compare the hour with the day, you will be complicated because you are sure to see that tomorrow is future time and next second is future time and you say "What is future time?". Therefore don't compare one with another. They are not the same in quality or situation.
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