Education—future perfect

Some of us less-than-knowledgeable grammarians may not recall that when we say, "I shall have accomplished" or "I will have achieved by the year 2000," we are making use of the future perfect tense.

Thought leaders discussing the most pressing items of a global agenda for the twenty-first century recently described education and morality as what would make possible the handling of all the other problems—nuclear threat, environmental problems, haves and have-nots, economic unbalance, and so on. See Rushworth M. Kidder, An Agenda for the 21st Century (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1987), pp. 195–200. It made me think again about that tense called future perfect.

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