Exercise 1

Choose the most appropriate form to refer to the future in the past to complete the sentences below.

1I saw he had a gun, but I didn't think he .

2I knew you the exam. You didn't make any effort!

3I lost my passport the day before we for our honeymoon.

4Sorry, I you today, but I forgot.

5She promised she an end to the situation, but failed to do so.

6He asked whether I him, but there was nothing I could do.

7He to Iraq, but he came down with an infection before the trip.

8That night I was very excited because the next morning I back home on the first train.

9I told him not to call me that evening, because I for my finals all night.

10I the car, but I thought I didn't really need it and decided not to do it.


 

 

Using future in the past

 
Sometimes we are talking about a past event and we want to refer to something that happened in the future at that particular point in the past. When we want to express future in the past, we use the past of the normal future forms. (To review the future forms, ⇒ See B2 Grammar » Future forms – expressing future time).
 
Check the following sentences to see the future forms and their corresponding past forms.
 
Future in the past – forms
 
We can also talk about future in the past using other future expressions. Check the table below. (To review other ways of expressing future forms, ⇒ See B2 Grammar » Other ways to express future)
 
Future in the past
 


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