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    until + future tense

    Is the future (continuous) tense in the 'until' clause correct?

    He has to live with his parents until he will leave/ will be leaving school for college.

    My reason for the tense comes from Martin Hewings's ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE (2005 edition): It is still a few months until he will be leaving for college.

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me with this question? Thank you very much.


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    Re: until + future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Is the future (continuous) tense in the 'until' clause correct?

    He has to live with his parents until he will leave/ will be leaving school for college.

    My reason for the tense comes from Martin Hewings's ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE (2005 edition): It is still a few months until he will be leaving for college.

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me with this question? Thank you very much.
    Here's my take and my reasoning, Joham.

    Martin H's example is a one time, new event so 'will' is warranted, Joham. But yours, with 'leave school', is a routine event that follows from going to school.

    Now, how do you think it should be worded?

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    Re: until + future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Is the future (continuous) tense in the 'until' clause correct?

    He has to live with his parents until he will leave/ will be leaving school for college. These two choices, although not incorrect are unnecessarily complicated, especially the second one.
    Most native speakers will say '...until he leaves school for...'.

    My reason for the tense comes from Martin Hewings's ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE (2005 edition): It is still a few months until he will be leaving for college.

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me with this question? Thank you very much.
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