In the future/in future

Monica238

Senior Member
Russian
Can either "in future" or "in the future" be used in this sentence?

"Some people I know believe that we will have to move to other planets in future/in the future."
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    "Some people I know believe that we will have to move to other planets in future" :cross: = immediately from this moment on.
    "Some people I know believe that we will have to move to other planets in the future" :tick: = at some future date.
     

    Wordy McWordface

    Senior Member
    English - SSBE Standard British
    No. Only "in the future" works here. This refers to an unspecified future point.

    "In future" means "from now on". For example, a pupil who has just been reprimanded by a teacher might promise to work harder or behave better "in future".

    NB I have a feeling that that AmE doesn't use "in future" at all.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    For example, a pupil who has just been reprimanded by a teacher might promise to work harder or behave better "in future".

    We would happily use "in the future" in that sentence to mean exactly that. That future starts at the moment the speaking concludes, theoretically.
     
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