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    Please help to understand - Pls look at the following sentence. "Compared to the national central banks, the European Central Bank will be relatively small. While the Bank of France and the Bundesbank each employ more than 10, 000 staff, the ECB will have to do with only 500 employees". It appears that the "will" does not refer to a future simple herer. Please explain the meaning. Thanks.

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    Re: Future - will

    Quote Originally Posted by olegv View Post
    Please help to understand - Pls look at the following sentence. "Compared to the national central banks, the European Central Bank will be relatively small. While the Bank of France and the Bundesbank each employ more than 10, 000 staff, the ECB will have to do with only 500 employees". It appears that the "will" does not refer to a future simple herer. Please explain the meaning. Thanks.
    It appears to simply refer to the future, to me! I think there may be a word missing in the final sentence. It should say "...the ECB will have to make do with only 500 employees"

    To make do with = to manage with only

    I really need 25 loaves of bread for the party, but I will have to make do with 20.

    It appears that the ECB that they're talking about was not yet in existence when the piece was written. The Bank of France and the Bundesbank employed, at that time, 10,000 staff, but the ECB, when it opens, will only have 500 employees. "Will be" and "will have to make do" both refer to the future.

    What was your problem with the use of the future tense here?

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    Re: Future - will

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It appears to simply refer to the future, to me! I think there may be a word missing in the final sentence. It should say "...the ECB will have to make do with only 500 employees"

    To make do with = to manage with only

    I really need 25 loaves of bread for the party, but I will have to make do with 20.
    "will have to do" is common in AusE, though "will have to make do" is also heard.
    "You'll have to do with what you've got".
    "You'll have to manage with what you've got".
    "You'll have to cope with what you've got".
    Logically, why the need for two verbs - "make do" - anyway?

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    Re: Future - will

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "will have to do" is common in AusE, though "will have to make do" is also heard.
    "You'll have to do with what you've got".
    "You'll have to manage with what you've got".
    "You'll have to cope with what you've got".
    Logically, why the need for two verbs - "make do" - anyway?
    Good question! No idea why the need for two verbs. Ah, the vagaries of the English language!

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