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    Arrow to come

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, would you please tell me how to come in the following quote could be analyzed, is it an idiom or what? I see it means the following years in the future but I need to know the exact meaning. Read this: It should serve as a comprehensive source of information for many years to come.


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    Re: to come

    I am not quite sure what you mean by "the exact meaning". You already have correctly identified it as future years.

    to come
    (in the) future
    Example: in the days to come

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    Re: to come

    I'm just not used to it. Analyzing it is what I need. Yes the meaning is obvious, but this construct without the context wouldn't be understandable.

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    Re: to come

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    I'm just not used to it. Analyzing it is what I need. Yes the meaning is obvious, but this construct without the context wouldn't be understandable.
    It's an adjectival phrase meaning "still to come".
    "... for many still-to-come years."

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    Re: to come

    Thank you Raymott. I think I've found what I was looking for on these two links: to-be: Definition and Much More from Answers.com and http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=83445&dict=CAL
    This is the first time to me to be exposed to such a construction. If you asked me before about the future tense, I'd told you about employing an auxiliary construction or using words that imply future action such as "tomorrow". But using to before an infinitive to express futurity, no way!
    Last edited by Egyption Arrow; 21-Jul-2008 at 01:31.

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