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This article provides an informal semantic analysis for future forms in Persian and English languages. At first, the author goes through the vexed question of whether these languages possess such a thing as future tense. Providing his argumentation, he suggests that Futurity is not an absolute linguistic concept. Then, he compares and contrasts the use of different futurates (different future forms) in English and Persian. Based on the results of this process, he proposes a continuum for futurity in Persian (see 42). In that continuum, it is suggested that xastæn (meaning will) is the default future; that is, it is used only when the general preconditions for other futurates don't exist. Finally, it is concluded that the concept of futurity has been merged in other tenses, especially Simple Present. That is why , it is normally expressed with these tenses.