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The Future Tense

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472. The future denotes an action or state that will occur hereafter.

a. The future may have the force of an Imperative (§ 449.b).

b. The future is often required in a subordinate clause in Latin where in English futurity is sufficiently expressed by the main clause.

Cum aderit vidēbit.
When he is there he will see.
(cf. § 547).

Sānābimur sī volēmus. (Tusc. 3.13)
We shall be healed if we wish
(cf. § 516. a)

Note— But the present is common in future protases (§ 516.a, Note).

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Meagan Ayer, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-947822-04-7. http://dcc.dickinson.edu/grammar/latin/future-tense