SALC

Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

The future as seen from the past

There are a number of ways talking about an activity or event that was in the future at a particular point in the past. In order to express this idea, we can use the past tenses of the verb forms we would normally use to talk about the future (will – would, is going to – was going to, is leaving – was leaving, is to talk – was to talk, etc.). Compare the following sentences:

 

 

The future from now…
The future from the past…
The new computer will arrive next week.

 

Our computer was broken and we hoped the new one would arrive soon.
  I’m going to grow tomatoes and carrots this summer. During the winter I decided that I was going to grow tomatoes and carrots when the summer came.
I’m collecting my mother from the station this afternoon.

 

I left the meeting early because I was collecting my mother at 3.30.

 

The exam will have finished by 3:00, so I’ll see you then.

 

The exam was so easy that most people would have finished after 30 minutes.

 

The performance is about to begin. Please take your seats, ladies and gentlemen.

 

The performance was about to begin when someone started screaming.
As it’s raining, I think I’ll go home by taxi.

 

She said that she would be going home by taxi because of the rain.

 

 


33742The context in which these forms are used will often indicate whether the activity or event did or did not happen, although in some cases we may not know whether the activity or event happened or not.

 

Ex. He was sure that the medical tests would show that he was healthy. (= we don’t know whether he was healthy or not)

 

Test your knowledge:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

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