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What is future-in-past tense?

 

Definition
 

Future-in-past tense is an absolute-relative tense that refers to a time located in the future, relative to a contextually determined temporal reference point that itself must be located in the past relative to the moment of utterance.

Example (English)
 
  • John left for the front; he would never return.
  • Generic
      Future-in-past tense is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Comrie 1985b 75


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