Other uses for the future tense

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Is it correct for the future tense to also be used to express something probable or supposed. Not only using it to state if something will or will not happen later. I'd found this example:

Pablo no esta aqui. Estará en casa.

Now I guess word for word it means: Pablo is not here. He will be at home. But to suggest an probability; Pablo is not here, he's probably at home. Would the use of the future tense here be incorrect and/or what would be the proper usage. Thank you.

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updated DIC 8, 2008
posted by Cherub1

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Another common way for this tense to be translated is with the word "wonder," especially in interrogative constructions.

¿Dónde estarán?
I wonder where they are.

¿Cuánto me costará?
I wonder how much it will cost me.

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posted by 00bacfba
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The main use of the future tense is to make suppositions (about present of future things).

Me graduaré el año próximo - that's the plan
Se graduará un año de estos - more or less, I guess
Tendrá 20 años - that's my guess

If the future event is taken for granted, then it is not a supposition, and you have to use the present tense:

Me gradúo el año próximo - completely sure
Tiene 20 años - I know it

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posted by lazarus1907
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thank you.

updated DIC 8, 2008
posted by Cherub1
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Right on!

A loose translation would be:
Pablo is not here. He's probably at home.

updated DIC 8, 2008
posted by CalvoViejo