The Full Wiki

Advertisements

More info on future tense

future tense: Wikis

Advertisements

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

Advertisements

In grammar, a future tense (abbreviated Template:Sc) is a verb form that marks the event described by the verb as not having happened yet, but expected to happen in the future (in an absolute tense system), or to happen subsequent to some other event, whether that is past, present, or future (in a relative tense system).

Contents

Expressions of future tense

The concept of the future, necessarily uncertain and at varying distances ahead, means that the speaker may express the future in terms of probability or intent ; the modality of intention is usually but not always present when a future construction is used.[1]:pp. 105-106 Whether future expression is realis or irrealis depends not on any objective, ontological notion of future reality, but rather on the speaker's conviction that the predicted event will at some future moment constitute reality.[2]:p.20

Languages can employ various strategies to convey future tense meaning. The auxiliary+verb sequence can eventually become combined into a single word form, leading to reanalysis as a simple (one-word) future tense. This is in fact the origin of the future tense in Western Romance languages like Italian (see below). This process can also go in the other direction.[3]

In some languages, there is no special morphological or syntactic indication of future tense, and future meaning is supplied by the context, for example by the use of temporal adverbs like "later", "next year", etc. Such adverbs (in particular words meaning "tomorrow" and "then") can also develop into grammaticalized future tense markers.

A given language can exhibit more than one strategy for expressing future tense. In addition, the verb forms used for the future tense can also be used to express other types of meaning. For example, the auxiliary werden "become" is used for both the future tense and the passive voice in German.

Germanic Languages

In Germanic languages, including English, the usual expression of the future is using the present tense, with the futurity expressed using words that imply future action (I go to Berlin tomorrow or I am going to Berlin tomorrow.). There is no simple future tense as such.

However, the languages of the Germanic family can also express the future by employing an auxiliary construction that combines certain present tense verbs with the simple infinitive (stem) of the verb which represents the true action of the sentence. These auxiliary forms vary between the languages.

Other, generally more informal, expressions of futurity use an auxiliary with the compound infinitive of the main verb.

English

Main forms of future implication

The most common auxiliary verbs used to express futurity are will and shall.

Prescriptive grammarians distinguish between these, preferring to express the simple future as will in the second and third persons and shall in the first person, and preferring to express obligation or determination in the opposite cases. However, in modern English worldwide, shall and will are generally used interchangeably,[4] with will being more common. See also shall and will.

Other periphrastic forms for the future include:

  • to be going to + Verb, e.g. John is going to leave tonight.
  • to be to + Verb, e.g. John is to leave tonight, which with the zero copula of newspaper headline style becomes simply to + Verb, e.g. John to leave tonight.

A periphrastic form for the immediate future is

  • to be about to + Verb, e.g. John is about to leave (any minute).

A dialectical form in Northern England is:

  • mun, derived from Old Norse, which implies obligation.

In all dialects of spoken English, shall and will are commonly elided into 'll (I'll go could be either "I will go" or "I shall go") so that the differences between the two have been worn down.

English also uses must, should, can, may and might in a similar way:

  • Must expresses the highest degree of obligation and commitment (I / you must go) and is temporally nearest to present time in its expression of futurity ("I must go now.")
  • Should (the subjunctive form of shall in this context) implies obligation or commitment to the action contemplated.
  • Can implies the ability to commit the action but does not presuppose obligation or firm commitment to the action.
  • May expresses a relatively low sense of commitment (I may go) and is the most permissive (You may go); it can also suggest conditionality (I may go [if I have time]).
  • Might expresses a very low sense of commitment or obligation (I / you might go if I / you feel like it).
Summary of forms
  • I will/shall go
  • I'm going to go / I am going to go
  • I'm to go / I am to go
  • I'm about to go / I am about to go
  • I must go
  • I should go
  • I can go
  • I may go
  • I might go

To express futurity in the negative, a negative adverb such as not or never is inserted before the main verb (or the suffix -n't is added to the auxiliary), as in all other auxiliary constructions:

  • I will/shall not go.....I won't/shan't go.....Will/shall I not go?.....Won't/shan't I go?
  • He's not going to go / He is not going to go.....Is he not going to go?.....Isn't he going to go?
  • He's not to go / He is not to go.....Is he not to go?.....Isn't he to go?
  • He's not about to go / He is not about to go.....Is he not about to go?.....Isn't he about to go?
  • I must not go.....I mustn't go.....Must I not go?.....Mustn't I go?
  • I should not go.....I shouldn't go.....Should I not go?.....Shouldn't I go?
  • I cannot go (cannot is conventional rather than can not).....I can't go.....Can I not go?.....Can't I go?
  • He may never go.....May he never go?
  • I might not go.....I mightn't go.....Might I not go?.....Mightn't I go?


In all of these, action within a future range of time is contemplated. However, in all cases, the sentences are actually voiced in the present tense, since there is no proper future tense in English. It is the implication of futurity that makes these present tense auxiliary constructions amount to a compound future quasi-tense.

Imminence versus non-imminence

The construction am/is/are going to + VERB (and its shortened form am/is/are gonna + VERB) can either imply or fail to imply imminence of the action,[2] and the intended implication must be decided from the context. For example, It's going to rain would be interpreted as implying imminence, whereas I'm going to visit Paris someday would not. Therefore, the forms am/is/are going to + VERB and will + VERB cannot be conceptually distinguished on the basis of degree of imminence.

Relation among tense, aspect, and modality implications of "will" and "going to"

Main article: Tense-aspect-mood

Am/is/are going to + VERB always, and will + VERB usually, imply not just futurity but also aspect (the way an action or state takes place in time) and/or modality (the attitude of the speaker toward the action or state).[2][5] The precise interpretation must be based on the context. Specifically:

  • am/is/are going to + VERB sometimes implies intentional modality, as in I'm going to do that; but sometimes it does not, as in It's going to rain.
  • am/is/are going to + VERB always implies prospective aspect, combining the present focus in the main verb am/is/are going with the futurity of the second verb. Thus, for example, It's going to rain combines a present viewpoint of the situation with a description of the future. This feature is analogous to the retrospective aspect of the English present perfect have/has + VERB + -ed, in which past action is presented from the viewpoint of the present.
  • will + VERB can express aspect alone, without implying futurity: In He will make mistakes, won't he?, the reference is to a tendency in the past, present, and future and as such expresses habitual aspect.
  • will + VERB can express either of two types of modality alone, again without implying futurity: In That will be John at the door, there is an implication of present time and probabilistic mode, while You will do it right now implies obligatory mode.
  • will + VERB can express both intentional modality and futurity, as in I will do it.
  • will + VERB" can express both conditional modality and futurity, as in[2]:p. 92 Don't sit on that rock—it'll fall!
  • will + VERB can express futurity without modality: The sun will die in a few billion years.

Further aspect/tense constructions implying futurity

Additional auxiliary constructions used to express futurity in combination with the aspects perfect, habitual, and/or continuous are labelled as follows:

Future Continuous: Auxiliary + Verb Stem + Present Participle

  • I shall/will be going
  • You will be singing
  • He will be sleeping
  • We may be coming
  • They may be travelling
  • It will be snowing when Nancy arrives
  • It will not be raining when Josie leaves

Future Perfect: Auxiliary + Verb Stem + Past Participle

  • I shall/will be gone
  • You will have sung
  • He will have slept
  • We may have come (We may be come can still be used poetically, but it is obsolete in speech)
  • They may have travelled
  • It will have snowed
  • It will not have rained; It won't have rained

Future Perfect Habitual (or Future Perfect Continuous): Auxiliary + Verb Stem + Past Participle + Present Participle

  • I shall/will have been going
  • You will have been singing
  • He will have been sleeping
  • We may have been coming
  • They may have been travelling
  • It will have been snowing
  • It will not have been raining

Futurity from a past perspective

The time of perspective of the English future can be shifted from the present to the past by replacing will with its past tense form would, thus effectively creating a "future of the past" construction in which the indicated event or situation occurs after the past time of perspective: In 1982, I knew that I would graduate in 1986.

German

German uses only one auxiliary for the future:

  • werden (which on its own means "to become").

There is no compound infinitive in German so the main verb after werden is a simple infinitive. The infinitive main verb is placed at the end of the sentence or clause, however long it may be.

Icelandic and Old Norse

Icelandic derives from Old Norse and indeed is scarcely changed from it in the written form. Icelandic uses the auxiliaries:

  • munu expressing a probable future
  • skulu (shall) implying obligation or determination.

It is believed that in Old Norse munu expressed the pure future, skulu expressed obligation or determination as it still does, and a third auxiliary, vilja ("will"), expressed will or intent.

A common auxiliary expression of the future, which takes the compound infinitive, is:

  • ætla expressing intention.

(So "Ég ætla að koma"; I will come)

Norwegian

Current standard Norwegian auxiliaries are:

  • vil (cognate with "will", but not used in exactly the same way)
  • skal (cognate with "shall", but not used in exactly the same way)

An occasional usage is:

Danish

In Danish the future is usually unmarked, using the present tense form. Sometimes the modals vil ("want") and skal ("must") are used instead to indicate futurity, and sometimes blive "become" can have the meaning "will be". The following distinctions illustrate some of their uses:

Det vil aldrig ske "That will never happen" (a prediction) but Det skal ej ske "That shall not happen" (a promise).

Hvad skal du i aften? "What will you (do) tonight?"; Jeg skal besøge mine forældre i weekenden "I will visit my parents this weekend"; Skal du hjem nu? "Will you go (are you going) home now?".

Han vil hentes "He wants to_be_picked_up"; Han skal hentes "He must be_picked_up". Han vil blive hentet "He will become (be) picked_up (it's already arranged)", but Han skal blive hentet "He will become (be) picked_up (I promise)".

Jeg skal til fødselsdag i morgen "I will (go) to (a) birthday_party tomorrow". Det bliver sjov "That becomes (will be) fun". Vi bliver 15 "We become (will be) 15 (there will be fifteen of us)". Han bliver 40 "He becomes (will be) 40".

Swedish

Swedish[1]:pp.107-108 skall strongly implies intention, but with an adverb such as nog "probably" it can avoid the implication of intentionality: Det här skall nog gå bra "This here will probably go well". However, the past tense of skall, skulle, can be used without such an adverb to express predictions in the past : Pelle sa, att det skulle bli varmt på eftermiddagen "Pelle said that it would be hot in the afternoon."

Latin and Romance

The future tense forms in Latin varied by conjugation. Here is a sample of the future tense for the first conjugation verb 'amare', 'to love'.

amabo I will (shall) love
amabis you (singular) will love
amabit he, she, it will love
amabimus we will (shall) love
amabitis you (plural) will love
amabunt they will love

See Latin conjugation for further details. Sound changes in Vulgar Latin made future forms difficult to distinguish from other verb forms (e.g. amabit "he will love" vs. amavit "he loved"), and the Latin simple future forms were gradually replaced by periphrastic structures involving the infinitive and an auxiliary verb, such as debere, venire, velle, and especially habere. All of the modern Romance languages have grammaticalized one of these periphrastic constructions for expressing the future tense; none of them has preserved the original Latin future.

Future tense with habere

While Classical Latin used a set of suffixes to the main verb for the future tense, later Vulgate Latin adopted the use of habere (to have) with the infinitive, as for example:

petant aut petant venire habet[6] ("whether they ask or do not ask, it will come")

From this construction, the major Western Romance languages have simple future tense forms that derive from the infinitive followed by a conjugated form of the verb "to have" (Latin habere). As the auxiliary verb lost its modal force (from a verb expressing obligation, desire, or intention, to a simple marker of tense), it also lost syntactic autonomy (becoming an enclitic) and phonological substance (e.g. Latin 1st sing. habeo > ayyo > Old French ai, Modern French [e]). Thus the sequence of Latin verbs amare habeo ("I have to love") gave rise to French aimerai, Spanish amaré, etc. "I will love".[7][8]

Phonetic changes also affected the infinitive in the evolution of this form, so that in the modern languages the future stem is not always identical to the infinitive. Consider the following Spanish examples:

  • "go out": infinitive salir → 3rd sing. future saldrá (not *salirá)
  • "do": infinitive hacer → 3rd sing. future hará (not *hacerá)

See the grammar articles for the individual languages for more details about verb conjugation.

Romanian

Romanian, although a Romance language, patterns like Balkan languages such as Greek and Serbo-Croatian (cf. Balkan sprachbund) in that it uses reflexes of the verb (to want):
  • "love": infinitive a iubi → 3rd sing. future va iubi

Romanian also forms a future tense from the subjunctive, with a preceding particle, o, also derived from vrea:

  • "love": infinitive a iubi → 3rd sing. future o să iubească (lit. (want) that he love)

Celtic languages

Scottish Gaelic

In Gaelic, the future tense is formed in regular verbs by adding aidh or idh to the end of the root form of the verb (idh is used if the final vowel in the root is i).

  • Danns. (dance.) -> Dannsaidh mi. (I will dance.)
  • Cuir. (put.) -> Cuiridh i. (She will put.)

Inserting cha before the root forms the negative. The initial consonant of the root is lenited where possible, except for d, t or s which in certain cases is not lenited. Chan is substituted if the root begins with a vowel or an f followed by a vowel, which is also lenited.

  • Cha téid mi... (I will not go...)
  • Chan fheuch am peasan sin idir. (That brat will not try at all.)

In the interrogative, an is placed before the root of the verb. If the root begins with b, f, m, or p, am is used instead.

  • An ith thu sin? (Will you eat that?)
  • Am pòg thu i? (Will you kiss her?)

As in English, some forms are irregular - mostly common verbs. For example, the root for the word "to see" is faic, but the positive future tense form "will see" is chì.

The copula is bidh (will be), cha bhi (will not be), am bi (interrogative), and nach bi (negative interrogative).

  • Bidh mi a' tighinn! (I shall be coming!)
  • Cha bhi e an seo a-màireach. (He will not be here tomorrow.)
  • Am bi thu air falbh as t-samhradh? (Will you be away this summer?)
  • Nach bi sibh a' fuireach airson a' bhìdh? (Will not you be staying for the food, sir?)

The linking verb (that will be) is gum bi (positive) or nach bi (negative).

  • Tha ise ag ràdh gum bi esan a' dol. (She said that he will be going.)
  • Tha mi an dòchas nach bi iad sgìth. (I hope that they will not be tired.)

Irish

In Irish, the future tense is formed two ways in regular verbs, depending on verb class. Class I verbs add faidh or fidh to the end of the root form of the verb (fidh is used if the final vowel in the root is e or i).

  • Glan. (clean.) -> Glanfaidh mé. (I will clean.)
  • Cuir. (put.) -> Cuirfidh sí. (She will put.)

Class II verbs add óidh or eoidh to the end of the root form of the verb (eoidh is used if the final vowel in the root is e, i, or í).

  • Eistigh. (listen.) -> Eisteoidh mé. (I will listen.)
  • Imir. (play.) -> Imreoidh sí. (She will play.)

Both class I and class II verbs have a special form for the 1st person plural:

  • Glan. (clean.) -> Glanfaimid. (We will clean.)
  • Cuir. (put.) -> Cuirfimid. (We will put.)
  • Eistigh. (listen.) -> Eisteoimid. (We will listen.)
  • Imir. (put.) -> Imreoimid. (We will play.)

The negative is formed by adding . The initial consonant of the root is lenited.

  • Ní fhreastalóidh mé... (I will not serve...)

In the interrogative, an is placed before the root of the verb, which causes eclipsis.

  • An iosfaith tú sin? (Will you eat that?)
  • An bpogfaigh tú í? (Will you kiss her?)

Of the ten listed irregular verbs in Irish, six show irregular future forms:

  • Abair. (say.) -> Déarfaidh sí. (She will say.) (present deireann)
  • Beir. (catch/bring.) -> Béarfaidh sí. (She will bring.) (present beireann)
  • Faigh. (get.) -> Gheobhaidh sí. (She will get.) (present faigheann)
  • Ith. (eat.) -> Iosfaidh sí. (She will eat.) (present itheann)
  • Tar. (come.) -> Tiocfaidh sí. (She will come.) (present tagann)
  • Teigh. (go.) -> Rachaidh sí. (She will go.) (present téann)

One additional irregular verb has an alternate future form:

  • Feic. (see.) -> Chífidh sí. (She will see.) (regular future feicfidh)

The future of verb (be) is beidh (1pl. beimid). The copula is ("is") is is (will be), (will not be), an (interrogative), and nach (negative interrogative).

The linking verb (that will be) is gum bi (positive) or nach bi (negative).

  • Duirt sí go mbeidh sé ag dul. (She said that he will be going.)
  • Tá súil agam nach mbeidh tuirse acu. (I hope that they will not be tired.)

Welsh

Most verbal functions are expressed using constructions with bod (to be). The future may be expressed in the same way using the future tense of bod.

Fe fydda i yn... (I will...)
Fe fyddi di yn... (thou wilt...)
Fe fydd e yn... (he will...) etc

(in which "fe" serves as the affirmative marker, the pronoun subject following the verb).

More commonly Welsh uses a construction with "Mynd" (to go)

Futurity can also be expressed by using words that imply future action

Dwi'n mynd yna heddiw: I am going there today.

The simple future, which uses verb suffixes conjugated with the verb, is used to express determination of action or to emphasise confidence in outcome. As in the future of bod, the affirmative marker is fe.

Semitic languages

Hebrew (Biblical)

Hebrew has an entirely different tense system from those understood in the Indo-European language family. There is no future tense as such. Instead, verbs express completed action or uncompleted action. The future is an uncompleted action, though the expression for, for example, "David will give thanks to God" can also mean "David was giving thanks to God". The interpretation depends on the context.

Arabic

To form future tense in Arabic the prefix (سـَـ) "sa" is added to the present tense verb, or (سوف) "sawfa". [9]

For example consider the sentence: I eat apples > "آكلُ تفاحاً" "Akulu tuffahan"

To express the future we have two ways: I will eat apples > "سـَـآكلُ تفاحاً" "Saakulu tuffahan" or: I will eat apples > "سوف آكلُ تفاحاً" "Sawfa akulu tuffahan"

The first is written as part of the verb, whereas the later is written as a separate word to indicate the future but preceding the verb.

In classical (old) Arabic the later indicates an individual future action that usually takes place further in the future than the first mentioned form, which is usually used with verbs that relate to other actions, and mostly referring to rather near future actions. However, in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) the distinction is minimal.

Moreover, the indication of the future tense in dialectal Arabic is quite varied from one dialect to the next. Generally speaking, the words meaning "want to" (بدي / أريد أن), "go to" (أروح), "intend to"(ناوي /نويت), and many others are used daily to indicate future actions.[10] Interestingly, in Moroccan Arabic, the word "Ghad" (غاد) is used to indicate future, which literally means "there" (or there is to happen), that is in some way similar to the English formation "there I go.."

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese has no grammatical tense, instead indicating time of action from the context or using adverbs. However, the auxiliary verb huì, a modal meaning "can", "know how", can alternatively indicate futurity.[3]:p.265;[11]:p.183 For lexical futurity, the word yào, which can serve as a verb meaning "to want", can also serve as an adverb meaning "immediately":[11]:p. 175 For example, wǒ yào xǐzǎo can mean either "I want to bathe" or "I am about to bathe".

Creoles

Creoles are languages with a vocabulary heavily based on a superstrate language but a grammar based on substrate languages and/or universal language tendencies. Some Creoles model a future tense/irrealis mood marker on "go" from the superstrate (analogous to English "am going to").[12]:p. 188 In many creoles the future can be indicated with the progressive aspect, analogous to the English "I'm seeing him tomorrow."[12]:p. 190 In general creoles tend to put less emphasis on marking tense than on marking aspect. When any of tense, aspect, and modality are specified, they are typically indicated with invariant pre-verbal markers in the sequence anterior relative tense (prior to the time focused on), irrealis mode (conditional or future), imperfective aspect.[12]:pp. 176-9, p. 191

Jamaican English Creole

The future marker in Jamaican Creole is /de go/[12]:pp. 93-95 or /a go/: /de go hapm/ "is going to happen", /mi a go ɹon/ "I am going to run".

Belizean Creole English

In Belizean Creole, the future tense is indicated by a mandatory invariant pre-verbal particle /(w)a(n)/, /gwein/, or /gouɲ/.

Gullah

In Gullah the future is indicated by the pre-verbal marker gwine: Uh gwine he'p dem "I'm going to help them".

Hawaiian Creole English

In Hawaiian Creole, the pre-verbal future marker is gon:[13] Ai gon bai wan pickup "I'm going to buy one pickup".

Haitian Creole

Haitian Creole, based on a French superstrate, interchangeably uses pral or va (from French 3rd person singular va "goes") pre-verbally to indicate the future:[14] Mwen va fini lit. "I go finish"; Li pral vini jodi a "He will come today".

External links

References

  1. ^ a b Dahl, Osten, Tense and Aspect Systems, Blackwell, 1985.
  2. ^ a b c d Fleischman, Suzanne, The Future in Thought and Language, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1982: pp. 18-19, 86-89, and 95-97.
  3. ^ a b Bybee, Joan, Revere Perkins, and William Pagliuca, The Evolution of Grammar, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994.
  4. ^ Usage notes on "shall" in New Oxford Dictionary of English, 1999 Oxford University Press
  5. ^ Comrie, Bernard, Tense, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1985: pp. 21, 47-48.
  6. ^ St Augustine of Hippo
  7. ^ The Importance of Lithuanian for Indo-European Linguistics - Antanas Klimas See section 9.
  8. ^ Zink, Gaston (1997). Morphologie du français médiéval (4th edition ed.). Paris: PUF. ISBN 2-13-046470-X.  (French)
  9. ^ WordReference.com Language Forums
  10. ^ WordReference.com Language Forums
  11. ^ a b Li, Charles N., and Sandra A. Thomson, Mandarin Chinese: A Functinal Reference Grammar, 1989.
  12. ^ a b c d Holm, John, An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000.
  13. ^ Sakoda, Kent, and Siegel, Jeff, Pidgin Grammar, Bess Press, 2003, p. 38.
  14. ^ Turnbull, Wally R., Creole Made Easy, Light Messages, 2000, p. 13.


In grammar, the future tense is a verb form that marks the event described by the verb as not having happened yet, but expected to happen in the future (in an absolute tense system), or to happen subsequent to some other event, whether that is past, present, or future (in a relative tense system).

Contents

Expressions of future tense

Languages can employ various strategies to convey future tense meaning. The concept of the future, necessarily uncertain and at varying distances ahead means that the speaker may express the future in terms of probability, intent The auxiliary+verb sequence can eventually become grammaticalized into a single word form, leading to reanalysis as a simple future tense. This is in fact the origin of the future tense in Western Romance languages like Italian (see below).

In some languages, there is no special morphological or syntactic indication of future tense, and future meaning is supplied by the context, for example by the use of temporal adverbs like "later", "next year", etc. Such adverbs (in particular words meaning "tomorrow" and "then") can also develop into grammaticalized future tense markers.

A given language can exhibit more than one strategy for expressing future tense. In addition, the verb forms used for the future tense can also be used to express other types of meaning. For example, the auxiliary werden "become" is used for both the future tense and the passive voice in German.

Germanic Languages

In Germanic languages, including English, the usual expression of the future is using the present tense, with the futurity expressed using words that imply future action ("'I go' or 'I am going' to Berlin tomorrow."). There is no simple future tense as such.

However, the languages of the Germanic family can also express the future by employing an auxiliary construction that combines certain present tense verbs with the simple infinitive (stem) of the verb which represents the true action of the sentence. These auxiliary forms vary between the languages.

Other, generally more informal, expressions of futurity use an auxiliary with the compound infinitive of the main verb.

English

The most common auxiliary verbs used to express futurity are:

  • shall (and its subjunctive should). This implies obligation or determined intent when used in the second person and its plural, and implies a simple future meaning in the first and third.
  • will (and its subjunctive form would). This implies wish or intent for the future, other than in the first and third person, in which it implies obligation or determined intent. Otherwise, it is used as the most neutral form and it is the most commonly used.

A dialectical form in Northern England is:

  • mun, derived from Old Norse, which implies obligation.

In all dialects of spoken English "shall" and "will" are commonly elided into 'll ("I'll go" could be either "I will go" or "I shall go") so that the differences between the two have been worn down.

English also uses can, may and must in a similar way.

  • "Should" (the subjunctive form of shall in this context) implies obligation or commitment to the action contemplated.
  • "Can" implies the ability to commit the action but does not presuppose obligation or firm commitment to the action.
  • "May" expresses the least sense of commitment and is the most permissive; it is also a verb used in the auxiliary construction that suggests conditionality.
  • "Must," by contrast, expresses the highest degree of obligation and commitment ("I must go") and is temporally nearest to present time in its expression of futurity ("I must go now.")

To wit:

  • I shall/will go
  • I should go
  • I can go
  • I may go
  • I must go

To express futurity in the negative, a negative adverb - such as "not" or "never" is inserted after the auxiliary verb, as in all other auxiliary constructions.

  • I shall/will not go
  • I should never go
  • I cannot go
  • I may never go
  • I must not go

In all of these, action within a future range of time is contemplated. However, in all cases, the sentences are actually voiced in the present tense, since there is no proper future tense in English. It is the implication of futurity that makes these present tense auxiliary constructions amount to a compound future quasi-tense.

An additional form of expressing the future is "I am going to...".

This reality, that expression of futurity in English is a function of the present tense, is born out by the ability to negate the implication of futurity without making any change to the auxiliary construction. When a verbal construction that suggests futurity (such as "I shall go") is subsequently followed by information that establishes a condition or presupposition, or the active verb stem itself contradicts a future indicative application of the construction, then any sense of future tense is negated - especially when the auxiliary will is used within its literal meaning, which is to voluntarily 'will' an action. For example:

  • Person A says: "You will go now. You will not stay."
  • Person B answers: "I shall go nowhere. I will stay."

The second 'will', in B's response, is not only expressing volition here but is being used in contradistinction to the usual first person 'shall' in order to achieve emphasis. Similarly, in the case of the second and third persons, 'will' operates with 'shall' in reverse.

For example:

            A: Will he be at the café at six o'clock?
            B: He will be there.  [Normal affirmation]

HOWEVER, B: He shall be there. [Stresses that this is not the usual pattern that was previously established or to be expected (Last time he was late or did not show up)]

Additional auxiliary constructions used to express futurity are labelled as follows:

Future Continuous: Auxiliary + Verb Stem + Present Participle

  • I shall/will be going
  • You will be singing
  • He will be sleeping
  • We may be coming
  • They may be travelling
  • It will be snowing when Nancy arrives
  • It will not be raining when Josie leaves

Future Perfect: Auxiliary + Verb Stem + Past Participle

  • I shall/will be gone
  • You will have sung
  • He will have slept
  • We may have come ("We may be come" can still be used poetically, but it is obsolete in speech)
  • They may have travelled
  • It will have snowed
  • It will not have rained

Future Perfect Habitual (or Future Perfect Continuous): Auxiliary + Verb Stem + Past Participle + Present Participle

  • I shall/will have been going
  • You will have been singing
  • He will have been sleeping
  • We may have been coming
  • They may have been travelling
  • It will have been snowing
  • It will not have been raining

German

German uses only one auxiliary for the future:

  • werden (which on its own means "to become").

There is no compound infinitive in German so the main verb after werden is a simple infinitive. The infinitive main verb is placed at the end of the sentence, however long it may be.

Icelandic and Old Norse

Icelandic derives from Old Norse and indeed is scarcely changed from it in the written form. Icelandic uses the auxiliaries:

  • munu expressing a probable future
  • skulu (shall) implying obligation or determination.

It is believed that in Old Norse munu expressed the pure future, skulu expressed obligation or determination as it still does, and a third auxiliary, vilja ("will"), expressed will or intent.

A common auxiliary expression of the future, which takes the compound infinitive, is:

  • ætla expressing intention.

(So "Ég ætla að koma"; I will come)

Norwegian

Current standard Norwegian auxiliaries are:

  • vil (will)
  • skal (shall)

An occasional usage is:

Latin and Romance

The future tense forms in Latin varied by conjugation. Here is a sample of the future tense for the first conjugation verb 'amare', 'to love'.

amabo I will (shall) love
amabis you (singular) will love
amabit he, she, it will love
amabimus we will (shall) love
amabitis you (plural) will love
amabunt they will love

See Latin conjugation for further details. Sound changes in Vulgar Latin made future forms difficult to distinguish from other verb forms (e.g. amabit "he will love" vs. amavit "he loved"), and the Latin simple future forms were gradually replaced by periphrastic structures involving the infinitive and an auxiliary verb, such as debere, venire, velle, and especially habere. All of the modern Romance languages have grammaticalized one of these periphrastic constructions for expressing the future tense; none of them has preserved the original Latin future.

Future tense with habere

While Classical Latin used a set of suffixes to the main verb for the future tense, later Vulgate Latin adopted the use of habere (to have) with the infinitive, as for example:

petant aut petant venire habet[1] ("whether they ask or do not ask, it will come")

From this construction, the major Western Romance languages have simple future tense forms that derive from the infinitive followed by a conjugated form of the verb "to have" (Latin habere). As the auxiliary verb lost its modal force (from a verb expressing obligation, desire, or intention, to a simple marker of tense), it also lost syntactic autonomy (becoming an enclitic) and phonological substance (e.g. Latin 1st sing. habeo > ayyo > Old French ai, Modern French [e]). Thus the sequence of Latin verbs amare habeo ("I have to love") gave rise to French aimerai, Spanish amaré, etc. "I will love".[2]

Phonetic changes also affected the infinitive in the evolution of this form, so that in the modern languages the future stem is not always identical to the infinitive. Consider the following Spanish examples:

  • "go out": infinitive salir → 3rd sing. future saldrá (not *salirá)
  • "do": infinitive hacer → 3rd sing. future hará (not *hacerá)

See the grammar articles for the individual languages for more details about verb conjugation.

Romanian

Romanian, although a Romance language, patterns like Balkan languages such as Greek and Serbian and Croatian in that it uses reflexes of the verb (to want):
  • "love": infinitive a iubi → 3rd sing. future va iubi

Romanian also forms a future tense from the subjunctive, with a preceding particle, o, also derived from vrea:

  • "love": infinitive a iubi → 3rd sing. future o să iubească (lit. (want) that he love)

Celtic languages

Scottish Gaelic

In Gaelic, the future tense is formed in regular verbs by adding aidh or idh to the end of the root form of the verb (idh is used if the final vowel in the root is i).

  • Danns. (dance.) -> Dannsaidh mi. (I will dance.)
  • Cuir. (put.) -> Cuiridh i. (She will put.)

Inserting cha before the root forms the negative. The initial consonant of the root is lenited where possible, except for d, t or s which in certain cases is not lenited. Chan is substituted if the root begins with a vowel or an f followed by a vowel, which is also lenited.

  • Cha téid mi... (I will not go...)
  • Chan fheuch am peasan sin idir. (That brat will not try at all.)

In the interrogative, an is placed before the root of the verb. If the root begins with b, f, m, or p, am is used instead.

  • An ith thu sin? (Will you eat that?)
  • Am pòg thu i? (Will you kiss her?)

As in English, some forms are irregular - mostly common verbs. For example, the root for the word "to see" is faic, but the positive future tense form "will see" is chì.

The copula is bidh (will be), cha bhi (will not be), am bi (interrogative), and nach bi (negative interrogative).

  • Bidh mi a' tighinn! (I shall be coming!)
  • Cha bhi e an seo a-màireach. (He will not be here tomorrow.)
  • Am bi thu air falbh as t-samhradh? (Will you be away this summer?)
  • Nach bi sibh a' fuireach airson a' bhìdh? (Will not you be staying for the food, sir?)

The linking verb (that will be) is gum bi (positive) or nach bi (negative).

  • Tha ise ag ràdh gum bi esan a' dol. (She said that he will be going.)
  • Tha mi an dòchas nach bi iad sgìth. (I hope that they will not be tired.)

Irish

In Irish, the future tense is formed two ways in regular verbs, depending on verb class. Class I verbs add faidh or fidh to the end of the root form of the verb (fidh is used if the final vowel in the root is e or i).

  • Glan. (clean.) -> Glanfaidh mé. (I will dance.)
  • Cuir. (put.) -> Cuirfidh sí. (She will put.)

Class II verbs add óidh or eoidh to the end of the root form of the verb (eoidh is used if the final vowel in the root is e, i, or í).

  • Eistigh. (listen.) -> Eisteoidh mé. (I will listen.)
  • Imir. (play.) -> Imreoidh sí. (She will play.)

Both class I and class II verbs have a special form for the 1st person plural:

  • Glan. (clean.) -> Glanfaimid. (We will clean.)
  • Cuir. (put.) -> Cuirfimid. (We will put.)
  • Eistigh. (listen.) -> Eisteoimid. (We will listen.)
  • Imir. (put.) -> Imreoimid. (We will play.)

The negative is formed by adding . The initial consonant of the root is lenited.

  • Ní fhreastalóidh mé... (I will not serve...)

In the interrogative, an is placed before the root of the verb, which causes eclipsis.

  • An iosfaith tú sin? (Will you eat that?)
  • An bpogfaigh tú í? (Will you kiss her?)

Of the ten listed irregular verbs in Irish, six show irregular future forms:

  • Abair. (say.) -> Déarfaidh sí. (She will say.) (present deireann)
  • Beir. (catch/bring.) -> Béarfaidh sí. (She will bring.) (present beireann)
  • Faigh. (get.) -> Gheobhaidh sí. (She will get.) (present faigheann)
  • Ith. (eat.) -> Iosfaidh sí. (She will eat.) (present itheann)
  • Tar. (come.) -> Tiocfaidh sí. (She will come.) (present tagann)
  • Teigh. (go.) -> Rachaidh sí. (She will go.) (present téann)

One additional irregular verb has an alternate future form:

  • Feic. (see.) -> Chífidh sí. (She will see.) (regular future feicfidh)

The future of verb (be) is beidh (1pl. beimid). The copula is ("is") is is (will be), (will not be), an (interrogative), and nach (negative interrogative).

The linking verb (that will be) is gum bi (positive) or nach bi (negative).

  • Duirt sí go mbeidh sé ag dul. (She said that he will be going.)
  • Tá súil agam nach mbeidh tuirse acu. (I hope that they will not be tired.)

Welsh

Most verbal functions are expressed using constructions with bod (to be). The future may be expressed in the same way using the future tense of bod.

Fe fydda i yn... (I will...)
Fe fyddi di yn... (thou wilt...)
Fe fydd e yn... (he will...) etc

(in which "fe" serves as the affirmative marker, the pronoun subject following the verb).

More commonly Welsh uses a construction with "Mynd" (to go)

Futurity can also be expressed by using words that imply future action

Dwi'n mynd yna heddiw: I am going there today.

The simple future, which uses verb suffixes conjugated with the verb, is used to express determination of action or to emphasise confidence in outcome. As in the future of bod, the affirmative marker is fe.

Semitic languages

Hebrew (Biblical)

Hebrew has an entirely different tense system from those understood in the Indo-European language family. There is no future tense as such. Instead, verbs express completed action or uncompleted action. The future is an uncompleted action, though the expression for, for example, "David will give thanks to God" can also mean "David was giving thanks to God". The interpretation depends on the context.

Arabic

To form future tense in Arabic the prefix (سـَـ) "sa" is added to the present tense verb, or (سوف) "sawfa". [3]

For example consider the sentence: I eat apples > "آكلُ تفاحاً" "Akulu tuffahan"

To express the future we have two ways: I will eat tuna > "سـَـآكلُ تفاحاً" "Saakulu tuffahan" or: I will eat tuna > "سوف آكلُ تفاحاً" "Sawfa akulu tuffahan"

The first is written as part of the verb, whereas the later is written as a separate word to indicate the future but preceding the verb.

In classical (old) Arabic the later indicates an individual future action that usually takes place further in the future than the first mentioned form, which is usually used with verbs that relate to other actions, and mostly referring to rather near future actions. However, in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) the distinction is minimal.

Moreover, the indication of the future tense in dialectal Arabic is quite varied from one dialect to the next. Generally speaking, the words meaning "want to" (بدي / أريد أن), "go to" (أروح), "intend to"(ناوي /نويت), and many others are used daily to indicate future actions.[4] Interestingly, in Moroccan Arabic, the word "Ghad" (غاد) is used to indicate future, which literally means "there" (or there is to happen), that is in some way similar to the English formation "there I go.."

Arabic To form future tense in Arabic the prefix (سـَـ) "sa" is added to the present tense verb, or (سوف) "sawfa". [3]

For example consider the sentence: I eat apples > "آكلُ تفاحاً" "Akulu tuffahan"

To express the future we have two ways: I will eat tuna (APPLES) > "سـَـآكلُ تفاحاً" "Saakulu tuffahan" or: I will eat (APPLES) > "سوف آكلُ تفاحاً" "Sawfa akulu tuffahan"

The first is written as part of the verb, whereas the later is written as a separate word to indicate the future but preceding the verb.

In classical (old) Arabic the later indicates an individual future action that usually takes place further in the future than the first mentioned form, which is usually used with verbs that relate to other actions, and mostly referring to rather near future actions. However, in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) the distinction is minimal.

External links

References

  1. ^ St Augustine of Hippo
  2. ^ Zink, Gaston (1997). Morphologie du français médiéval (4th edition ed.). Paris: PUF. ISBN 2-13-046470-X.  (French)
  3. ^ WordReference.com Language Forums
  4. ^ WordReference.com Language Forums

Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Contents

English

Noun

Singular
future tense

Plural
future tenses

future tense (plural future tenses)

  1. (grammar) The tense or time form of a verb used to refer to an event or occurrence that has not yet happened or is expected to happen in the future.

Usage notes

The future tense in English is indicated with compound verbs made up of a main verb plus auxiliary verbs or helper verbs.

The simple future tense is made up of shall plus the infinitive (without "to") in the first person, and will plus the infinitive in the second and third persons.

I shall go, we shall go
You will go
He, she, it, they will go

The emphatic future tense reverses the auxiliary verbs:

I will go, we will go
You shall go
He, she, it, they shall go

Another form uses the progressive form of go plus the infinitive:

I am going to walk, we are going to walk
You are going to walk
He, she, it is going to walk, they are going to walk

Besides these examples, there are other periphrastic forms to indicate future tense.

Translations

See also


Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message