Future Tense in Modern American English

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Högskolan i Skövde School of Humanities and Informatics English

Future Tense in Modern American English

John Lastra English C-Course Spring 2008 Tutor: Ingalill Söderqvist

Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 1 1. Background ............................................................................................................................ 2 1.1 Conscious and Unconscious Changes .............................................................................. 3 1.2 The Future Tense in Middle English................................................................................ 4 1.3 The Future Tense in Present-day English ........................................................................ 4 1.3.1 Will + the Infinitive................................................................................................... 6 1.3.2 Shall + the Infinitive.................................................................................................. 6 1.3.3 Be Going to + the Infinitive ...................................................................................... 6 1.3.4 The Present Progressive ............................................................................................ 7 1.3.5 The Present Progressive Perfective ........................................................................... 8 1.3.6 The Simple Present Tense with Future Meaning ...................................................... 8 1.3.7 Be About to + the Infinitive ...................................................................................... 8 1.3.8 Will or Shall + Be + the Progressive......................................................................... 8 1.3.9 Will + the Perfect Progressive................................................................................... 9 2. Material Investigated............................................................................................................ 10 3. Method ................................................................................................................................. 11 4. Analysis ................................................................................................................................ 13 4.1 Pimp My Ride ................................................................................................................ 13 4.1.1 Will + the Infinitive................................................................................................. 13 4.1.2 Be About to + the Infinitive .................................................................................... 14 4.1.3 Will or Shall + Be + the Progressive....................................................................... 15 4.1.4 Gonna + the Infinitive ............................................................................................. 15 4.2 Your World Today ......................................................................................................... 17 4.2.1 Will + the Infinitive................................................................................................. 17 4.2.2 Be Going to + the Infinitive .................................................................................... 18 4.2.3 The Present Progressive .......................................................................................... 19 4.2.4 Be About to+ the Infinitive ..................................................................................... 20 4.2.5 Will or Shall + Be + the Progressive....................................................................... 21 4.2.6 The Simple Present Tense with Future Meaning .................................................... 21 4.2.7 Gonna + the Infinitive ............................................................................................. 22 4.3 “I Have a Dream”...
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