View Poll Results: If you are a famous footballer, my brother Tim will know.

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  • "Will" in that sentence is future reference

    1 25.00%
  • "Will" in that sentence is present reference

    2 50.00%
  • Could be either

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Thread: The will files.

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    milky Guest

    Default The will files.

    If you are a famous footballer, my brother Tim will know.

    Do you think that "will" is referring to the future or to the present there?

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    It depends a bit, IMO. The knowledge is present, but getting the knowledge could be present or future, depending on circumstances.

  3. #3
    milky Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It depends a bit, IMO. The knowledge is present, but getting the knowledge could be present or future, depending on circumstances.
    Do you think the modal verb can express two things at the same time?

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