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  1. Senior Member
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    is "will2 necessary?

    Hi, teachers!

    Can you see the sentences below?

    ...This movement (the Slow Food movement) was started in 1989 by Carlo Pertini in Italy and has now spread to 100 countries, including Japan, with over 80,000 members. That may sound like a lot of people, but it still has a long way to go before it will worry the large hamburger chains....

    I'd like to ask a question about the underlined part. I wonder why it's "before it will worry", instead of "before it worries". As you say "We have to do something before it's too late", the present tense is normally used in an adverbial clause even if it refers to a future event. Are there any particular reason that "will" was added here?

    Thank you!


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    Re: is "will2 necessary?

    ... but it still has a long way to go before it will worry / begins/starts to worry the large hamburger chains....


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