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    time clauses

    hi, can anyone explain appearance of will in the question when will you know the results? opposed to when i know the results, i will tell you.
    is it not time clause?

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    Re: time clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by mhanyzka View Post
    hi, can anyone explain appearance of will in the question when will you know the results? opposed to when i know the results, i will tell you.
    is it not time clause?
    In your second sentence, 'When I know the results' is indeed a time clause. As a subordinate clause, it correctly uses 'when' with the present tense.

    In your first sentence there is no subordinate clause and the verb - also correctly - is in the future. But if you made it into a time clause then the verb would need to be changed to the present (and the clause would become subordinate): ''When you know the results, tell me."

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