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    Are these sentences correct?

    1 I would wait until it was over.
    2 I would wait until it is over.

    3 I would tell them what i have decided when they are ready.
    4 I would tell them what i had decided when they were ready.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Hello GRD, welcome to UsingEnglish!

    Yes, those would all be correct, in the right context.

    (Did you want to try to devise some context for each one?)

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    > Did you want to try to devise some context for each one?

    Please, provide me/us with some examples, MrP!

    Regards.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Hello Kant

    Sorry about the late reply; I've been a little unwell.

    Here are some examples. See if you can paraphrase the underlined parts, and I'll check your answers next time I log on:

    Ex. 1
    "When I was a boy, my father used to take me to watch the football every week. I didn't like football much, but I liked the 1 my mother gave me, to spend on crisps on sweets. So every week I would wait impatiently until the game was over, and then rush into the sweetshop next to the football ground to spend my 1."

    Ex. 2 - outside the primary school
    "Scroggins and Bates are fighting again."
    "I know. Every day after school, they fight."
    "The trouble is, Bates owes me some money. Should I ask for it now, do you think?"
    "I would wait until it's over, if I were you."

    Ex. 3
    "Well, I've decided what changes to make at UsingEnglish.com. But now I have to tell MrP and MrQ."
    "Hmm. I wouldn't tell them now. They're eating their dinner."
    "When should I tell them, do you think?"
    "Well, personally, I'd tell them what I'd decided when they were ready to go home. Then they'll be tired and less inclined to argue. But it's up to you..."

    MrP

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Thank you very very much, MrP.

    Have a nice day!!!

    p.s.
    I hope you are well now!!!
    Last edited by Kant; 29-Mar-2006 at 06:15.

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    Hello, MrP!
    Here is my try.

    Ex. 1
    I would wait impatiently until the game was over.
    = I used to wait impatiently until the game was over.

    Ex. 2
    I would wait until it's over if I were you.
    = It would be better for you to wait until it's over, I think.

    Ex. 3
    > "Well, personally, I'd tell them what I'd decided when they were ready to go home. Then they'll be tired and less inclined to argue. But it's up to you..."
    Hum... This seems incorrect to me.
    Shouldn't it be ?;
    "Well, personally, I told tell them what [I'd, I] decided when they were ready to go home. Then they got tired and were less inclined to argue. But it's up to you..."
    or
    "Well, personally, I'll tell them what I've decided when they are ready to go home. Then they'll be tired and less inclined to argue. But it's up to you..."
    This seems way beyond my ability, I think.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Hello Kant

    Full marks for #1 and #2.

    For #3, your suggestion is on the right track:

    "Well, personally, I'll tell them what I've decided when they are ready to go home. Then they'll be tired and less inclined to argue. But it's up to you..."

    However, this suggests that the speaker intends to do the "telling". But he doesn't: he just wants to present what he would do, in the other person's shoes. By using "would" instead of "will", and the simple past and past perfect instead of the simple present and present perfect, he conveys this hypothesis.

    MrP

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Hello, MrP!

    I see.

    But if so, it should be, IMHO,
    Then they would be tired and less ...
    <- Then they'll be tired and less ...

    > [original] "Well, personally, I'd tell them what I'd decided when they were ready to go home. [[Then they'll be tired and less]] inclined to argue. But it's up to you..."

    Help me again, please!
    Thank you!!!

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Hello Kant

    I'm sorry, I misunderstood your previous post!

    Yes, you're quite right your version is better, as it keeps the tenses in accord, i.e.

    1. "Well, personally, I'd tell them what I'd decided when they were ready to go home. Then they'd be tired and less inclined to argue. But it's up to you..."

    (Unfortunately, it's quite common especially in spoken English to switch from a "would" perspective in one sentence to a "will" perspective in the next, without even noticing, as I did in my original example!)

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Hello, MrP.
    Thank you so much.
    You are a big help.
    Have a nice day!
    Best Regards.

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