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    I wonder if I can use the present simple tense in this sentence:

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    She won't get married until she is 25 years old.
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    Can anyone help?

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    Yes, that's fine.

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    How about 'She won't get married until she will be 25 years old' ?

    Is it OK?

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    Default Re: Which tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by vv0510_vn View Post
    How about 'She won't get married until she will be 25 years old' ?

    Is it OK?
    Barb has already given you the right answer. Future tense is not usually used in time clauses. So, your sentence should sound:

    She won't get married until she is 25 years old, OR

    She will get married after she has turned 25 - The present perfect stresses the completion of the act in the time clause before the other act occurs in the future.

    Here is a useful link:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...t-perfect.html
    Last edited by Teia; 29-Sep-2007 at 08:05.

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