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    Question double future with "be"

    When using the rule of the double future, should I put the verb "to be" at the present as usual, if it is in the secondary clause? It sounds strange...

    eg: "When I am a mother, (I hope) I'll do the right things"
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    "When I am an adult, I'll be a lawyer"



    Foolish sentences, sorry

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    Default Re: double future with "be"

    Quote Originally Posted by taniadf View Post
    "When I am a mother, (I hope) I'll do the right things"

    "When I am an adult, I'll be a lawyer"
    These are grammatically correct.

    I must say that I have never heard of a rule of the double future.

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    Default Re: double future with "be"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I must say that I have never heard of a rule of the double future.
    Neither have I.

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    Default Re: double future with "be"

    Nor have I.

    Welcome to the board, taniadf.

    Please tell us where you heard about the rule of the double future.

    Rover

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    Default Re: double future with "be"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Nor have I.

    Welcome to the board, taniadf.

    Please tell us where you heard about the rule of the double future.

    Rover
    You all are right, I beg you pardon... It's an expression we took from our native language -Italian - , 'cause we use simple future in both main and secondary clauses ("double future", that's it). That's why the present in the secondary clause may sound strange to Italian people. Anyway I still remember I teacher of mine, he was English, who told me you could also say "When I will be a mother..." but I have always been in two minds.
    Now no more doubts: by sure, I misunderstood him. Thank you, and thanks for your welcoming. Happy to join the group

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