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    Hello,

    Let's assume that my mom tells me that there will be no one waiting for me at the airport when I arrive tomorrow.
    And what do I say?

    -I thought someone would wait for me when I arrive tomorrow.

    I couldn't figure out which tense must be used after 'when'. Because in the context 'tomorrow' hasn't yet happened.

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    Default Re: conjunctions

    I think I found it. The answer must be the second one. The reason is: Although 'When I arrive tomorrow' seems present tense, it is not. Normally, it means 'I though someone would wait for me when I would arrive tomorrow'. But we can't use 'would-will' after 'when'. For this reason the answer must be:

    -I thought someone would wait for me when I arrive tomorrow.

    But how about it?

    I think I can do my homework before my father is here tomorrow.

    In past:

    -I thought I could do my homework before my father be/was here tomorrow.

    Which one must we use?

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    Default Re: conjunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    I think I found it. The answer must be the second one. The reason is: Although 'When I arrive tomorrow' seems present tense, it is not. Normally, it means 'I though someone would wait for me when I would arrive tomorrow'. But we can't use 'would-will' after 'when'. For this reason the answer must be:

    -I thought someone would wait for me when I arrive tomorrow.

    "I thought someone would be waiting for me when I arrive tomorrow."
    "I expect that someone will be waiting for me when I arrive tomorrow."


    But how about it?
    There's no question about your second clause: it's correct. Your first clause isn't, unless they're only going to start to wait for you after you arrive - which would be a strange thing to do.


    I think I can do my homework before my father arrives here tomorrow.

    In past:

    -I thought I could do my homework before my father arrived here the next day

    Which one must we use?

    Thanks...
    "Is/was" doesn't sound very good. You certainly can't use "be".

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