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It's tense but what's ahead couldn't be better (6,7)


I believe the answer is:

future perfect

'it's tense' is the definition.
(future perfect is a kind of tense)

'what's ahead couldn't be better' is the wordplay.
'what's ahead' becomes 'future' (time that's ahead of the present).
'couldn't be better' becomes 'perfect'.

'but' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for future perfect that I've seen before include "of which I shall have studied an example" , "Utopian prospect" , "Grammatical verb tense" , "optimistic forecast?" , "Tense of verbs" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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