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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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Mark Liberman on how will doesn't fit into the English tense system.
We already do. What's the question?
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AlienvoordMark Liberman
The implication of the Liberman approach seems to be that languages that do have a future tense form (e.g. French) can express a future uncoloured by modality; whereas English can't.

If on the other hand that is not his implication, and the French future tense is equally coloured by modality, there seems no point in making the distinction.

MrP
MrP: what distinction?
Between English and languages which have a true future tense form.
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Liberman only talks about will... it's possible that English has another way of expressing future that is not coloured by modality.
I suppose at this point we have need of a perfectly bilingual subject, who will allow us to strap him down, insert electrodes, and record his sensations as he utters various future forms in French and English.

MrP
The US Congress will happily fund such a project.
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This is certainly a good time to be in the market for electrode-insertion operatives.

MrP
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