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future in the past

help me understand the future in the past tense...please

For learning: English
Base language: English
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    Here's one example, using reported speech:

    "I will cook dinner after work," he said.
    He said that he would cook dinner after work.

    So in this example you are talking about the past, where a prediction (using will) was made. "Will" shifts to "would".

    "Would" is far more flexible than that, so even though "future is the past" is arguably a correct phrase, it's also very misleading,

     

    As far as i understand your question ~
    we use "WILL" for future tense ~
    but we use "WOULD" to tell future in the past ~

    It may help you, have a look http://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-the-future-in-the-past/

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