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    Will it be grammatically correct to substitute the Present Perfect for the Present Simple in the time clauses of the following sentences?

    When we have had tea, we'll go for a walk.
    When we have tea, we'll go for a walk.

    Are both of the sentences right or not?

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    Default Re: time clause

    Both are grammatically OK, but they mean different things.

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    Default Re: time clause

    Dear SoothingDave
    could you specify the difference in meaning, please?

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    Default Re: time clause

    #1 means we will go for a walk when we have finished having tea.
    #2 means we will go for a walk at the same time as having tea (an unlikely situation).

    If you replace "When" with "After" in both sentence, they will mean the same as #1.

    After we have had tea, we'll go for a walk.
    After we have tea, we'll go for a walk.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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