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These verbs may, of course, be placed in the future tense, like any other verb. In that case there is no association with the secondary notions mentioned above (82).

The Parson writes word that the iad will come to-day. Lytton, My No vel, IV, Ch. XXIII, 284.

See to what you wish to take with you; we shall leave to-night. ib, II, Ch. XIII, Ch, XII, 65.

Mr. J. Walton, M. P, will leave London for a seven months' trip to China. Times.

The British Diplomatic Agent and the members of his staff will leave tomorrow in two special trains. ib.

The use of the present for the future tense is by no means confined to the verbs of coming or leaving. But, although it would be hard to define the nature of the verbs which admit of this practice, there is no doubt that it is inadmissible with most verbs. Thus it would be difficult to produce documentary support for such sentences as */ write a letter to-morrow. *I light a cigar when the ladies have left. *I wait till he comes. *The servant cleans the room in a day or two, etc. etc. In the following quotations, arranged according to the alphabetical succession of the verbs concerned, the connotation referred to above (82) is clearly discernible. See also 81, Obs. III.

We begin work next morning. Onions, Advanced Eng. Synt., § 126.

With the rise of the sun you die. Lytton, R i e n z i, X, Ch. IV, 349.

I dine with him to-morrow. Lytton, M y N o v e 1, II, X, Ch. XX, 226.

To-morrow your Papa and I dine out. Thack, Van. Fair, I, Ch. IV, 28.

I dine in an hour. Q. Eliot , Fel. Holt, I, Ch. I, 30.

Diomed gives a grand feast next week. Lytton, Pomp, 1, Ch. VII, 30a.

I don't let you off, mind, under a week. Dick, P i c k w., Ch. IV.

You are not married before noon. id., Cricket, III, 87.

The House of Cassell publish next week Prince von Bülow's great' work,

Imoerial Qermanv. At hen, No. 4500, 148.

i. sne receives mis eveninc. uïtun, my nu vei, ii, a, v~u. vu, im.

x. Do you remain long here? Dick, Pickw, Ch. II, 21.

The Queen remains at Windsor for the next three weeks. Qraph.

How long do you remain intown? Osc. Wilde, The Import, of being

Earnest, I, 59.

x. "Do you see the Bishop this morning, father?" — "No — this afternoon."

Mrs. Ward, The Case of Kien. Meyneii, i, lh. v, ».

. now long ao you szayr nuuti i^unway, tautu oati, i^t. i.

Do you stay in London long? Besant, All Sorts and Cond. of Men, Ch. XVII, 128.

Curious is the alternate use of the future and the present tense in: In the following pages we shall consider the organs of speech, the various classes of sounds, and how these are produced. Then we inquire into their combination to form words and combination of words in sentences, incidentally we notice colloquial tendencies, the requirements of public speaking. and other topics arising naturally from our subject. Rippmann, Sounds of Spoken English, 5.

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