past future

adjective

Definition of past future

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is traditionally formed in English with would or should and denotes an action or state as future from a past point of view (as would write in “he promised that he would write”)

past future

noun

Definition of past future (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the past future tense of a language
2 : a verb form in the past future tense

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History and Etymology for past future

Adjective

past entry 1 + future, adjective

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