I saw this sentence from a reading material:
Remember that you will die, that everything ends, and that happiness comes not in denying this but in living with it.
I think it's a very nice sentence, isn't it? But I don't know why the writer used 'everything ends' but not 'everything will end.' In my opinion, the former one sounds that everything is ending. Can you give some advice?
Thanks in advance.
I just saw another sentence in Oxford dictionary that have confused me for the similar reason:
She takes her finals next summer.
Why it use 'takes' but not 'will take' with 'next summer'?
Can you give me some advice again?
Thank you very much in advance.
Present Simple can be used for a future action when something happens according to a timetable, etc.
e.g. The ship arrives at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
or when you want to sound very categorical
e.g I am busy tomorrow.
For this reason I'd say the present tense would also work, so 'will' can be omitted.
Remember that you die ....
As for me, there is no point in using 'will' in this sentence because it is certain that we all die one day. Dying can be seen as a natural law, as in:
The sun rises in the east. It is neither a prediction nor a voluntary decision.
Simple present makes more sense to me in the given example.
Anyone agree or disagree?
Last edited by Snowcake; 24-May-2008 at 17:03.
I think the speaker that said "Remember that you will die....that everything ends..." wants to "soften" or "alleviate" his/her tone.
We all know we all die, (I'm not really sure about the context. It may well be a saying, proverb or something like that.),but...maybe, the listener (probably, an inpatient, I imagine.) is so afraid of dying. What would you say to him/her? In such a case, wouldn't it be better to say "you will die" instead of just saying "you die."???
I'm not really sure! I was just talking to myself!!!
Let's wait for others to respond to this one.