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    when+present simple/present perfect

    Hello,
    I think we can say:
    "I'll tell you about it when I meet him." (present simple)
    "I'll tell you about it when I've met him." (present perfect)
    "I'll phone you when I get home from work." (present simple)

    but can we say the following:
    "I'll phone you when I have got home from work."
    I must admit it sounds strange to me, but I am just trying to use the structure I used above "when+present perfect"
    Please, if I cannot use it this way explain why.
    Thank you for you answers.

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    Re: when+present simple/present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by vasea1977 View Post
    Hello,
    I think we can say:
    "I'll tell you about it when I meet him." (present simple)
    "I'll tell you about it when I've met him." (present perfect)
    "I'll phone you when I get home from work." (present simple)

    but can we say the following:
    "I'll phone you when I have got home from work."
    I must admit it sounds strange to me, but I am just trying to use the structure I used above "when+present perfect"
    Please, if I cannot use it this way explain why.
    Thank you for you answers.
    "I'll tell you about it when I meet him." This is not very natural in most contexts.

    "I'll phone you when I have got home from work." There is nothing wrong with this grammatically but I can't imagine any native speaker ever saying it.

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    Re: when+present simple/present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by vasea1977 View Post
    Hello,
    I think we can say:
    "I'll tell you about it when I meet him." (present simple)
    "I'll tell you about it when I've met him." (present perfect)
    "I'll phone you when I get home from work." (present simple)

    but can we say the following:
    "I'll phone you when I have got home from work."
    I must admit it sounds strange to me, but I am just trying to use the structure I used above "when+present perfect"
    Please, if I cannot use it this way explain why.
    Thank you for you answers.
    In AmE your first and third would be fine. The second would be more common as I'll tell you about it after I've met him. I don't think your fourth would be very common.

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    Re: when+present simple/present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by vasea1977 View Post
    Hello,
    I think we can say:
    "I'll tell you about it when I meet him." (present simple)
    "I'll tell you about it when I've met him." (present perfect)
    "I'll phone you when I get home from work." (present simple)

    but can we say the following:
    "I'll phone you when I have got home from work."
    I must admit it sounds strange to me, but I am just trying to use the structure I used above "when+present perfect"
    Please, if I cannot use it this way explain why.
    Thank you for you answers.
    You would say
    "I'll phone you when I get home from work." That's how you would usually say it in a every day oral speaking context.

    However, if you were saying it in past tense it would be, "I called him/her when I got home from work the other day", or "I called him/her when I got home from work earlier".

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