Crastinal tense

A crastinal tense (abbreviated CRAS) is a future tense applied to a following or subsequent day. (Crāstinō diē is the Latin for 'tomorrow'.)[1]

Crastinal tense refers to an event which will occur tomorrow (in an absolute tense system) or the following day (in a relative tense system). A post-crastinal tense indicates some time after tomorrow or the following day.

Crastinal future (as opposed to a more generic near future) is uncommon, but is found in several Bantu and related languages, such as Luganda[2] and Chichewa.[3]


  1. ^ Livy, bks 3 & 10; Apuleius, 1.
  2. ^ Kamoga & Stevick (1968), Luganda Basic Course, p.209.
  3. ^ Maxson, n. (2011), Chichewa for English Speakers, p.41.