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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

n.
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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Les futurs, futur simple et futur periphrastique (tu partiras/tu vas partir) relevent uniquement du discours: de fait, ils sont le resultat de visees de l'enonciateur vers l'avenir a partir de son present.
Dans cette section, nous allons aborder successivement les distinctions entre cinq paires de temps: present / imparfait, passe compose / passe simple, passe compose / imparfait, plus-que-parfait / passe anterieur et futur proche / futur simple.
1) Le futur proche reste lie au moment de l'enonciation immediate, le futur simple n'a pas de lien avec le moment de la parole, cette distinction peut etre schematisee comme suit: le moment de futur proche le moment de futur simple l'enonciation l'enonciation (la parole) (la parole)