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If we were to recognise "she will eat" as a future tense, then we might just as well recognise "he may eat", "she is eating", "he is going to eat" and other combinations as future tenses. Do you agree?
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The past tense could also be called a future tense, of course, on the same basis:

1. If I posted this in Linguistics tomorrow, would you mind?

MrP
And of course, the main clause "would you mind" is also relative future.
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<<He may eat - means he is permitted to eat (present)
Perhaps you meant "he might eat" - which states that right now (present) there is a possibility that he will eat (in the future) >>

A: Do you think he will want to eat when he arrives?

B: He may. Why not put something aside for him just in case?
<the shall/will form does not always refer to the future: she will eat apples even though they disagree with her.>

And "He will be there by now".
Well, chaps, we seem to have demonstrated conclusively that time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future, and time future contained in time past.

If all time is eternally present, all time is presumably unredeemable.

Indeed, I would go so far as to say that what might have been is an abstraction (pace Milky: remaining a perpetual possibility) only in a world of speculation; and what might have been and what has been point only to one end – which is always present.

MrP
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According to quantam mechanics, it's not just speculation.
<If all time is eternally present, all time is presumably unredeemable.>

In real time, there is no such thing as a "present period" - by definition, a period must extend in time and therefore cannot be wholly "in" Present Time.
Then you agree with us, Anon. We cannot say, how long; for that would be to place it in time.

MrP
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MrPedanticThen you agree with us, Anon. We cannot say, how long; for that would be to place it in time.

MrP

In thinking that, which are you referring to, real time, objective time, or psychological time?
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