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    future in the past

    "Isis had not yet formed, but the men I could see inside that building, darting between the windows and the stairwells, would join the group when it raised its colours several months later." [From The Guardian.]

    Is the clause the men (...) would join the group when it raised its colours several months later expressed in the future in-the-past tense in the above context?

    Thank you.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: future in the past

    It's future in the past, but I would not call it a tense. It's a modal form to me.

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