should there be an article in the phrase:
In (the/a) near future people will....
How can it be justified/explained? Is it just a phrase to remember? I understand the phrase near future as something indefinite so Id prefer using a.
Should there be articles in phrases like in the past/in the present/in the future? Can we sometimes say in a past/in a present/in afuture?
If yes, what rule is applied in these cases?
Thanks for your patience.
"the near future" would be the accepted collocation.
In general usage, there can only be one past, one present and one future, so "the" is used.