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    definite vs. zero article (in (the) future)

    From an English textbook (written by a Czech, though):

    It means that the dilemma between scarce resources and people's unlimited wants will cease to exist in future.

    I wonder why the definite article wasn't used in the sentence - in the collocation "in THE future". I have never read or heard just "in future" (without the article). Is it obligatory to use the article?

    By the way, feel free to correct my English (especially articles ), please!


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    Re: definite vs. zero article (in (the) future)

    In future we will not ask for more money.

    It is a normal collocation for indicating a general and unspecified period in the future.


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    Re: definite vs. zero article (in (the) future)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    From an English textbook (written by a Czech, though):

    It means that the dilemma between scarce resources and people's unlimited wants will cease to exist in future.

    I wonder why the definite article wasn't used in the sentence - in the collocation "in THE future". I have never read or heard just "in future" (without the article). Is it obligatory to use the article?

    By the way, feel free to correct my English (especially articles ), please!
    I'm not entirely certain that we can/would use just 'future' without 'the' in this manner, this situation, Lenka, Anglika.

    But then again, I'm not entirely sure we can't/wouldn't.

    I would have used 'the' in this case. There's no doubt that 'in future' is a collocation that is used in English but it eludes me now as to when and why. Is it a register thing, a speech vs writing thing?


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    Re: definite vs. zero article (in (the) future)

    Just googled them. Obviously, the advice Anglika gave Lenka was solid.

    Results 1 - 10 of about 31,300,000 English pages for "in future".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 128,000,000 English pages for "in the future".

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    Re: definite vs. zero article (in (the) future)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    It means that the dilemma between scarce resources and people's unlimited wants will cease to exist in future.
    My two cents:
    “In the future” means there is time still to come.
    For example,
    (i)Many people are worried that research into human cloning may result in designer babies in the future.
    (ii)Not now, nor any time in the near future, would the full details of the satellite programme be available to the public.

    “In future” means from now onwards and carries the meaning that from now on, things will be different.
    For example,
    (i)She promises to proof-read all outgoing emails more carefully in future.
    (ii)The doctor advises him to avoid bananas in future.

    (Not a teacher)

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