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"in future" and "in the future"

Posted by R. Berg on March 19, 2003

In Reply to: "in future" and "in the future" posted by James Briggs on March 19, 2003

: : What is the difference between "in future" and "in the future", if any? Thanks.

: 'In future' tends to mean 'from now on': 'starting right now':'immediately'.
: 'In the future' tend to means some time in the future, but not immediately.

I didn't know UK speakers made that distinction. I thought "in future" was British and "in the future" was American.