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    #1

    "You will have been given time to..." please clarify the choice of tense

    Hi!

    My name is Sasha and I'm from Russia.
    I got a work-related email from a native English speaker recently and I'm not quite sure I got everything right.
    The part I'm worried about is: "if your bug was rejected for having information missing you will usually have been given time to provide new information". It's the first time I see this grammar construction used like this, so I have two questions:
    1. from what I was able to understand, this means, that the time would be given, when the bug is already rejected, am I right?
    2. why is Future Perfect tense used here? As a native Russian speaker, I don't quite get this. If it was me writing, I'd probably written something like: "you would usually be given time to provide new information". Is this wrong?

    I would really, really appreciate, if someone clarified this to me.

    Thanks a lot,
    Sasha

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    Re: "You will have been given time to..." please clarify the choice of tense

    The person means that if we suppose that the bug was rejected, then you should have been given time, which may or may not have finished, to provide new information. The writer is not sure whether the time period for new information has finished, which is why they have used will.

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    Re: "You will have been given time to..." please clarify the choice of tense

    Quote Originally Posted by a.m.g View Post
    2. why is Future Perfect tense used here?
    'Will + perfect tense' does not necessarily refer to the future, as in the example at https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1261702
    I am not a teacher.

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