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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:

Slow on the Uptake

Trial and Error

Fishing

Trick of the Trade

Perfect Strangers

Daniel Radcliffe

Joined at the Hip

Take a Stab At

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India

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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 |

xamedy

xamedy

Turkey

I will study this subject.i will do it

03:21 PM Dec 23 2014 |

Kural

Kural

Azerbaijan

I was reading when the phone rang.

06:09 AM Sep 09 2014 |