Wouldn't this be present tense?


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18 October 2018

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Wouldn't this be present tense?

Which of the following sentences refer to a future time event?Esta tarde ayudo a mi madre en el jardín.Manuel se vestirá elegante ese día.Estos meses no dejaré de fumar.En aquella ocasión no te vi.
Why is the first sentence future and not present?

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Using demonstrative adjectives to refer to time (present, past and future)"


Kwiziq language super star

18 October 2018


Hola Allison

We sometimes use the present tense to refer to future events, always using a time phrase that indicates the future. This is the case with this sentence:

"Esta tarde ayudo a mi madre en el jardín."

If you only say "Ayudo a mi madre en el jardín." there is no indication of future, but with "esta tarde" we know it is referring to a future time, "this afternoon".

I hope this helps.

(We've got a lesson about this usage coming up soon.)


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