‘would rather’ | ‘it’s time’ + PAST TENSE CLAUSE

Here we look at examples of using ‘the past tense’ in a way that is not referring to past time.  In these EXPERT EXAMPLES: It’s time we started to think about the environment and a little bit less about money. Isle of Man Newspapers As an environmentalist, we would rather that didn’t happen. TED ‘the past tense’ expresses a wish that is distanced from the real situation. In reality, they are not thinking …

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not be going to

Point 26 in the category of FUTURE is defined: the negative form of ‘be going to’ to talk about plans and intentions An iWeb search for: _XX _VVGK _T _VVI 1 NOT GOING TO GET 20965 2 NOT GOING TO HAPPEN 14351 3 NOT GOING TO GO 10194 4 NOT GOING TO MAKE 9409 5 …

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will | shall (long-term intention)

Point 67 in the category of FUTURE simple is defined as: ‘will’ or ‘shall’ to talk about long-term intentions. The only way to differentiate this point from others is ‘I’ or ‘We’,’always’ or ‘never’ as used in the EGP examples. A search in iWeb for: I|We will|shall always|never _VVI * 1 I WILL NEVER FORGET …

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