Exercise 1

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

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

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

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

4 Sorry, I you today, but I forgot.

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

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

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

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

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

10 I 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 regular future forms.
Check the following sentences to see the future forms and their corresponding past forms.
Future in the past - future forms

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We can also talk about future in the past using other ways to express future. Check the table below.
Future in the past - other ways to express future

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