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    What tense should be used in the sentence?

    Hello everyone,

    I would be very grateful if someone could tell me which sentence is correct and what tense should be used in similar sentences:

    I decided to hide and wait to see if anyone will enter the house when I leave.

    I decided to hide and wait to see if anyone would enter the house after I left.


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    Re: What tense should be used in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by anneb288 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I would be very grateful if someone could tell me which sentence is correct and what tense should be used in similar sentences:

    I decided to hide and wait to see if anyone will enter the house when I leave.

    I decided to hide and wait to see if anyone would enter the house after I left.


    Many thanks!

    Anne
    Welcome to Using English, Anne. Only your second sentence is correct.

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    Re: What tense should be used in the sentence?

    Thank you!

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    Re: What tense should be used in the sentence?

    It would also be correct without "would".

    I decided to hide, and wait and see if anyone entered the house after I left.

    One thing: it is potentially ambiguous as it's not clear whether:

    - you decided, after you left, to hide and wait and see if anyone entered
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    - you decided to hide and wait and see ... if anyone entered after you left.

    It's not an important ambiguity but it's still there.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: What tense should be used in the sentence?

    I thought so, too... I meant that I was in front of the house, then decided to hide and wait in order to see if someone would turn up later. It already happened and I'm telling someone a story. In the next sentence I say that no one entered the house. So perhaps I should use "would"?

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