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    Time Clauses

    Are these sentences correct?

    We'll make tea when the water has boiled.
    Perhaps I should write We'll make tea when the water boils.
    Some other examples:
    We must eat something before the lesson begins.
    I'll go home as soon as I've finished my lessons.
    I'll find a job after I finish my study.

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    Re: Time Clauses

    We'll make tea when the water is boiled.

    not a teacher

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    Re: Time Clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    Are these sentences correct?

    We'll make tea when the water has boiled.
    Perhaps I should write We'll make tea when the water boils.
    Some other examples:
    We must eat something before the lesson begins.
    I'll go home as soon as I've finished my lessons.
    I'll find a job after I finish my study.
    I think they are correct
    In time clause, we use the Present Tense and Past Tense

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    Re: Time Clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    We'll make tea when the water is boiled.

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    I don't think we should use Passive Voice here

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    Re: Time Clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    We'll make tea when the water is boiled.

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    I don't think so. I can't use passive with these sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    I think they are correct
    In time clause, we use the Present Tense and Past Tense
    I have to use Present Perfect or Present Simple. In all my examples only one of these tenses is correct! I don't know when I should use Present Simple and when I should use Present Perfect - that's my problem.

    Anyway, thanks for answers.

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    Re: Time Clauses

    I'll find a job after I finish my studies.


    We'll make tea when the water has boiled.
    Perhaps I should write We'll make tea when the water boils.


    Both are correct, but have a slightly different meaning? Can you have a go at seeing the difference?

    tedmac:
    We'll make tea when the water is boiled.

    Good sentence to use if there's a cholera outbreak!
    Anyone see what this sentence actually means?!

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    Re: Time Clauses

    Thank you, but could you explain a difference between these sentences?

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    Anyone like to have a go?

    Let's see if there are any adventurous souls.

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    Re: Time Clauses

    If anyone explains me a difference, I'll be very happy.

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    Re: Time Clauses

    Hello,

    Let me have a go;

    We'll make tea when the water has boiled.
    The water stoped boiling and I make tea;

    We'll make tea when the water boils.
    The water is still boiling when I make tea

    We'll make tea when the water is boiled.
    don't have a clue

    Perhabs : only if the water is boiled we make tea.
    Cheers
    Last edited by Jaskin; 27-Jul-2008 at 17:14. Reason: add

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