talking about the future from the present

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Windward
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talking about the future from the present

Post by Windward » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:16 pm

Hello. Please, be so kind to explain to me how to construct the following grammar model for the future:
When I say, for example, "He prayed that he might be forgiven" it is clear that I should use "might" in the second part because of the past tense, but can I say "He prays that he will be forgiven"? I know "will" is not good here and "may" is better, but, anyway, is it correct to construct phrases like "One/something does that another/something will do" or such grammar proves to be unsound for a native English speaker and if so, how I should express myself?

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Re: talking about the future from the present

Post by Marjorie » Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:11 pm

He prays that he will be forgiven.

He prays that he might be forgiven.

— They are all correct. The differences are in the motive of the one describing the person who is praying; or the main subject’s desire when praying. Either way, there’s no grammar issue in the two sentences.

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