Someone has corrected a phrase that I've written, could you please let me know if I was wrong, and which are the correct verb tenses :
I wrote: " please don't send anything out until I'll assign the item code"
The person that corrected me said I shouldn't have used the future form, just the present ("until I assign"). Which one is correct?
Thank you very much!
Please, don't send anything out until I
'llassign the item code.
Please, don't send anything out until I assign the item code.
We don't use "will" after an adverbial conjunction, or in an adverbial clause. In this sentence "until" is an adverbial conjunction.
Here's another example of when it's incorrect to use "will".Before youBy the way, "will" is not "the future". It's used in some cases to indicate future time. This is another topic.
willput everything in the box, make sure you have all the items.
Before you put everything in the box, make sure you have all the items.
The first clause is an adverbial clause, and "before" is an adverbial conjuction. We could call the first clause a time clause or an adverbial clause.
Last edited by PROESL; 10-Oct-2009 at 00:17.
Many thanks to you all! Excellent posts!
Don't say "yes" until I finish talking. Don't say "yes" until I have finished talking. - I think that if the speaker is referring to a one-time occurence, then both the simple form and the present perfect form are likely or logical choices.
Don't make a sound until I've hung up the phone. - It's obvious here that the speaker is referring to one specific occurence of an action or event, and, therefore, the present perfect becomes a logical choice, but the simple form is quite obviously just as correct. Using the present perfect would indicate completion of an action at the moment, or a particular given moment in all such occurences of an event or action, to which the speaker is referring.
To say that the present perfect form is better can only confuse a student. Most of the time there's a way to explain something with either some thought or investigation - or both.
It's important to not confuse what sounds better to one with what is correct. Maybe the present perfect is preferable to one or another here, but it is not better. This leaves the student asking if by "better" the teacher means "more correct".
Last edited by PROESL; 10-Oct-2009 at 00:21.
Yes, I agree. That's why I made the little office story specify that it was a regular and recurring part of her duties to assign a code. I think the present tense tends to suggest an ongoing event, but the perfect implies one-offs.
But I think you're right that there's a lot of personal choice too.