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    #1

    in the near future

    I cannot do it in the near future. I am very busy.

    Are those sentences (especially the first one) correct? I'm asking because I recall reading somewhere that "in the near future" is incorrect, and we should use "in the very near future". Anyhow, I would appreciate your advice.

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    Re: in the near future

    '...in the near future' is fine — say within a week.

    '...in the very near future' would mean 'in the next day or two'.

    Rover

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    Re: in the near future

    Would it also be correct to say something like this? Is there any difference between these two?

    Keep your comments to yourself in the future.
    Keep your comments to yourself in future.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: in the near future

    Only "in the future" for my dialect.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in the near future

    "In future" in my dialect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: in the near future

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "In future" in my dialect.
    I thought this was one of the ones that caught me off guard when I first learned this. I would have "corrected" it in the past.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: in the near future

    We do use "in the future" too but the usage is not the same for the two.

    You're studying Russian at university. What do you hope to do in the future?
    I went to a party at Sarah's last night. It was terrible. In future, I'm going to turn down invitations from her.
    Scientists hope to discover even more Higgs-type particles in the future.
    In future, I will add more tonic to my gin. I have a terrible hangover today.

    The only difference I can really put my finger on is that "in future" suggests that you mean "from now on" or "starting now", and "in the future" refers to an unspecified time to come.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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