1. ## Future conditional

Hello,

If you want to discuss a probability in the future how do you express it. For example, assume that Alex has a contract with a club and Ben, the manager of another club, wants to sign him. What tense should be used for this purpose? The only sentence I can think of, is the one below.

" Alex: I have a contract with my club until the next year. By that time, I will try very hard to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you were interested in signing me then."

Thanks.

2. ## Re: Future conditional

That sounds good to me, Ryan.

3. ## Re: Future conditional

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
That sounds good to me, Ryan.

" Alex: I have a contract with my club until the next year. By that time, I will try very hard to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, if you would be interested in signing me then"

4. ## Re: Future conditional

Your original sentenced sounded OK to me too. I was going to suggest "... if you were to be interested in signing me then" as an alternative. Your latest suggestion is also acceptable although it doesn't sound quite as natural.

5. ## Re: Future conditional

Thanks you all. Could you please rate the following sentences in terms of being natural and idiomatic to express what I wrote in post #1?

A- Alex: "I have a contract with my club until the next year. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you were interested in signing me then."

B- Alex: "I have a contract with my club until the next year. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you are interested in signing me then."

C- Alex: "I have a contract with my club until the next year. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you would be interested in signing me then."

D-
Alex: "I have a contract with my club until the next year. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you were to be interested in signing me then."

Thanks.

6. ## Re: Future conditional

The first thing you need to do is remove "the" from before "next year. "I am under contract with my current club until next year" (it would be helpful to tell them which month).

7. ## Re: Future conditional

Thanks for the correction.

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
The first thing you need to do is remove "the" from before "next year. "I am under contract with my current club until next year" (it would be helpful to tell them which month).
Could you please rate the following sentences in terms of being natural and idiomatic to express what I wrote in post #1?

A- Alex: "I am under contract with my current club until next January. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you were interested in signing me then."

B- Alex: "I am under contract with my current club until next January. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you are interested in signing me then."

C- Alex: "I am under contract with my current club until next January. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you would be interested in signing me then."

D-
Alex: "I am under contract with my current club until next January. By that time, I will try to improve my abilities and it would be an honor to play for you, If you were to be interested in signing me then."

8. ## Re: Future conditional

If you're really trying to get a contract with a new club, I would try to sound more positive about your skills than "By then, I will try to improve my abilities". I suggest you tell them that by the time your contract is up for renewal, you will have improved significantly. In addition, we don't really improve our abilities. An ability is generally something we are naturally able to do. We can improve on how we do it, but we don't improve the ability itself.

9. ## Re: Future conditional

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
If you're really trying to get a contract with a new club, I would try to sound more positive about your skills than "By then, I will try to improve my abilities". I suggest you tell them that by the time your contract is up for renewal, you will have improved significantly. In addition, we don't really improve our abilities. An ability is generally something we are naturally able to do. We can improve on how we do it, but we don't improve the ability itself.
Thanks for the answer. Actually, these are the sentences I wrote, to understand what type of structures native English speakers would prefer to use to discuss a probability in a certain time in the future.

10. ## Re: Future conditional

I realise that but there is no reason to leave them as unnatural sentences.

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