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    #1

    I thought I'd have a family by now.

    Are the sentences below correct?

    1. I thought I'd have a family by now. < -Am I right the sentence refers to the present?
    2. I think I will have a family by now. <- Am I right the sentence refers to the future?

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    #2

    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    The first sentence is fine. The speaker is acknowledging that s/he does not now have a family.
    The second sentence does not work at all.

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    #3

    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    And If I would say:

    1) "I think I will have a family up to then." ?
    2) "I think I will be have a family up to then." ?

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    #4

    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    I think #1 would be correct if 'by then' was used instead of 'up to then'.
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    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    OK. And if I would use "utnil then" instead of "by then" e.g. I think I will have a family until then. Would it be correct, too?

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    #6

    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    No.

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    #7

    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    I thought I would have a family by now. (Refers to the present.)
    I thought I would have a family by then. (Refers to the past.)
    I think I will have a family by then. (Refers to the future.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    I think I will have a family until then.
    Could it mean 'I think I will have lost my family by then'?
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    #9

    Re: I thought I'd have a family by now.

    No. It's an unnatural sentence but I'll have a go at making an unlikely argument for it.

    I plan to get married and have two children. However, my children will have moved out and I will be divorced from my wife by 2027. So I think I will have a family until then. (then = 2027)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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