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    future

    what are the verbs that don't get "will" in future tense, like "be"

    examlpe:
    it is important that the first letter be in the right place.

    thank you

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    Re: future

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    it is important that the first letter be in the right place.
    That is not the future; it is the subjunctive mood, and that is a completely different thing. A simpler way to write this sentence would be: "The first letter must be in the right place."

    Of course you can say "will be". Doris Day used it quite a lot in one of her songs:

    When I was just a little girl,
    I asked my mother, "What will I be?
    "Will I be pretty? Will I be rich?"
    Here's what she said to me:

    "Que sera, sera,
    "Whatever will be will be;
    "The future's not ours to see.
    "Que sera, sera."

    However, "will" is a modal verb, and you can only have one modal verb in a verb phrase. That means you cannot say:

    will can
    will must
    will could
    will may
    will might
    will shall
    will should
    will would

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