Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Relative Future Tense

Definition: 

Relative future tense is a relative tense that refers to a time located after a contextually determined temporal reference point, regardless of the latter’s relation to the moment of utterance.

Examples: 
  • Passengers about to depart on Flight 26 proceeded to Gate 5.
  • Passengers about to depart on Flight 26 should proceed to Gate 5.
  • Passengers about to depart on Flight 26 will proceed to Gate 5.

The time of departure is, in each case, in the future relative to a temporal reference point. In these cases, the temporal point is likely that of the action expressed by the main verb phrase.

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