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    Lightbulb which tense after future?

    Hi, I still hesistate, which tense I have got to use in sentence after future tense.
    Eg.: "OK, we will meet up somewhere in a pub and you will tell me how you did on your travels..." Is this sentence correct?

    Speaking of future plans refered [in future] back to the past but in fact also to future -> do we use past tense??????

    thank you

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    Re: which tense after future?

    I think your sentence is OK, but more natural for me would be this:

    OK, we will meet up somewhere in a pub and you can tell me...

    "Will" here indicates a decision. You haven't planned to go to the pub, it's an idea that occurred to you just before you said it. It's spontaneous.

    If you put "will" in the second part of the sentence, it might mean: "I am going to make sure you tell me even if you don't want to." It may not be interpreted that way, but it might be, depending partly on how you say it.

    Sorry, I know this is complicated, but in English, talking about the future is sometimes complicated.

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    Re: which tense after future?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Speaking of future plans refered [in future] back to the past but in fact also to future -> do we use past tense??????

    thank you
    You don't need to speak of future plans. The word plans is sufficient to indicate what you intend to do.




    I'm not sure I understand the question, but there is no need to use indicate that things have changed. Example:
    The plans have changed.
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