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future tense

Grammatically speaking, there are no future tenses in the English language; verbs do not inflect (conjugate) a certain way to reflect future actions. There are really only aspects of the future tense—that is, ways of expressing the future using other grammatical elements and constructions.
To talk about other future events or actions, we use different sentence constructions to achieve a future point of view. This is most often accomplished by using the modal auxiliary verb will or the verb phrase be going to. These constructions make up what are commonly referred to as the future tenses.
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future tense

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A verb tense expressing future time.
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Noun1.future tense - a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future
tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
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