The Future in the Past

Various tenses for looking into the future from the past

The future in the past is used when we want to fast forward from a moment in the past to say what will happen at a later time. It’s usually an explanation inside a narrative.

We use a wide variety of tenses to express the future in the past, and these reflect the various tenses we use for the future when speaking in the present.

Italian uses the composed conditional in equivalent meanings but English avoids this form, so there can be some mistakes that arise from interference.

Future in the past from David Nicholson
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Peter Brook at the Teatro Valle Occupato

A great British director in Rome


Peter Brook is one the great theatre directors of the twentieth century. His 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream made theatre history.

On Friday April 12 at 8pm the Teatro Valle Occupato is screening 'The Tightrope', a documentary about Brook by his son, Simon Brook. The film will be followed by a public debate with Peter Brook.

You can book tickets by sending an email to

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