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What is relative future tense?

 

Definition
 

Relative future tense is a relative tense that refers to a time located after a contextually determined temporal reference point, regardless of the latter’s relation to the moment of utterance.

Example (English)
 
  • Passengers about to depart on Flight 26 proceeded to Gate 5.
  • Passengers about to depart on Flight 26 should proceed to Gate 5.
  • Passengers about to depart on Flight 26 will proceed to Gate 5.
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    The time of departure is, in each case, in the future relative to a temporal reference point. In these cases, the temporal point is likely that of the action expressed by the main verb phrase.

     
    Source:

    Comrie 1985b 60

    Generic
      Relative future tense is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Comrie 1985b 59–60


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