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I've recently been reading a book, in which the narrator explains how there isn't a future tense in English. As I've explained this with various other people they've discarded my explanation and said there is a future tense in English and it's wrong because of the verb, "I will" or "shall"
what do you guys think? Explanations would be appreciated as I'm still trying to get used to this!
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The future tense in English has its problems, but undeniably exists!

This article might help you get your head around it a little better, OP: https://www.tesol-direct.com/guide-t.../future-tenses.
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The future tense in English has its problems, but undeniably exists!

This article might help you get your head around it a little better, OP: https://www.tesol-direct.com/guide-t.../future-tenses.
But isn't this describing future time and not tense? Both of which are different
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But isn't this describing future time and not tense? Both of which are different
Tense is, quite simply, indication of time. In that respect, verbs 'will' and 'shall' can be used to indicate a future time, thus forming future tense. Check out The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar for a further explanation (there's a preview available on Google Books at pages 170 onwards).

Edit: I must say the recommended book explains this a lot better than I currently am / possibly can. :giggle:
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I've recently been reading a book, in which the narrator explains how there isn't a future tense in English. As I've explained this with various other people they've discarded my explanation and said there is a future tense in English and it's wrong because of the verb, "I will" or "shall"
what do you guys think? Explanations would be appreciated as I'm still trying to get used to this!
There is the future tense and within the future tense we have different ways of expressing the future. Then there's future intent, which isn't actually the future tense but expressing things you'd like to do- your intention. ^_^

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There is no definite answer. Some grammarians say there is a future, others say there isn't. There is definitely no definite answer though.

My personal opinion is that there are 3 tenses (past, present, future) in English and 12 verb forms. But others disagree and we're all right or all wrong depending on your point of view.

This article discusses the whole thing in detail which is quite interesting: http://www.icaltefl.com/index.php/te...are-there.html
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