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    Default time clauses in future

    Considering the point that in time clauses future tenses are not used, is the following sentence in a correct grammar?

    I will have fixed the car at the time my folks are here. (or will be here?)

    I really couldn't figure out wheather it's a time clause or not.

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    Default Re: time clauses in future

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    I can't really comment on the time clause part of your question, but I can tell you that your sentence will be good to go once you replace "at" with "by".

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    Default Re: time clauses in future

    'by the time' starts a time clause (that's for sure) but I doubt it whether 'at the time' does or not.
    If not,
    1. I will have fixed the car at the time my folks will be here.
    and
    2. I will have fixed the car by the time my folks are here.
    are correct.

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    Whenever we say "at the time", it's almost always in reference to a past event. It just doesn't work in this sentence.

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