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Future in the Past

Future in the past is used when you want to discuss something in the past that you thought would happen in the future. It doesn’t matter whether the thing actually ended up happening. You use future in the past to discuss a plan or a promise from the past.

There are two ways to form the future in the past. One way is to use was/were going to + verb, as in, “He was going to go to the movies last Friday night.” At some point in the past, he had a plan to go to the movies last Friday night. “Last Friday night” is sometime between the moment when he made the plan and now.

You can also use would to form future in the past. Use would + verb when you are talking about something in the past that someone promised or volunteered to do. For example, you might say, “He said he would call when he arrived.” If the call happened, it happened after he said he would.

Future in the Past Lessons:

Take a Stab At

Trick of the Trade

Water Bottles

Slow on the Uptake

Trial and Error

Fishing

Perfect Strangers

Daniel Radcliffe

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mcoc

United States

will study this lesson too


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09:02 AM Aug 17 2016 |

khilman

Indonesia

OBAT ASMA

08:20 PM Aug 02 2016 |

miyatxl

miyatxl

China

 I know…

04:07 AM Jul 29 2016 |

noraen

United Kingdom

“something in the past that you thought would happen in the future”some thing like a predictation? 


Thank you for sharing the grammar :)

01:42 AM Jul 23 2016 |

Sunyka111

France

I am very happy!!!

08:34 AM Jul 22 2016 |

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India

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04:14 AM Jul 22 2016 |

rockynicky12345

India

Good lesson


01:18 AM Sep 02 2015 |

adewale70

Nigeria

Thanks for this lesson.

06:41 AM Aug 20 2015 |

sasagaga

sasagaga

Mexico

I was going to swimming yesterday but my friend came by surprise even though she told me that she would call me before she arrived.

06:30 PM Jun 08 2015 |

RohRoh

RohRoh

Philippines

I am happy that you provide such article in here. But I felt like i can’t easily understand the tenses and nd up mixing them all. kindlyhelp me with the tenses what is the  best way to  learn tenses?

01:36 AM Apr 02 2015 |