This train..

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'This train will now terminate here.' This was the announcement given on a London Underground train I was travelling on. The train was supposed to go beyond the place where it stopped.

What interests me here is the use of the modal 'will', which doesn't express a future at all, but a new and possibly unexpected present, confirmed by the use of 'now'. 'Will' can be used to show present change as well as indicating futurity. ;-)

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