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    Question once / when

    Which one is more accurate and common ?

    - I will email again once it completes
    - I will email again when it completes

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    Re: once / when

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    When is suitable for future tenses.

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    Re: once / when

    Quote Originally Posted by sh.hazeri View Post
    Which one is more accurate and common ?

    - I will email again once it completes
    - I will email again when it completes
    The 'it' is not clear. Once what completes? If you mean an e-mail, it can't complete, but it can be completed. You can't refer to the e-mail as 'it,' because it functions as a verb in your sentence.

    Do you mean: "I will e-mail you again [once I've finished/when I finish my letter/writing/checking X, etc.]
    I will send you an e-mail again [once/when it's finished/completed.]

    However, unless the 'it' refers to something other than e-mail, the parts about completion seem unnecessary.

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    Re: once / when

    Quote Originally Posted by sh.hazeri View Post
    Which one is more accurate and common ?

    - I will email again once it completes
    - I will email again when it completes
    I would say that "once" and "when" are interchangeable in such a sentence. When I search on google for "once I am done" I get only one-tenth as many hits as when I search for "when I am done." Nevertheless, both are commonly used.

    As has been pointed out, "it completes" is not a common expression. I would suppose you are meaning to say "it finishes," but I can't be sure. Let us know what "it" refers to and we could discuss this further.


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    Question Re: once / when

    "IT" is not refering to the email, it is something totally diffrent. Here is more explanation :

    I will email ( all you guys ) again ( to inform you ) once it ( the automated process in a sepecific software application ) completes

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    Re: once / when

    Quote Originally Posted by sh.hazeri View Post
    "IT" is not refering to the email, it is something totally diffrent. Here is more explanation :

    I will email ( all you guys ) again ( to inform you ) once it ( the automated process in a sepecific software application ) completes
    As kfredson said, you can use either one. They are interchangeable in that context.

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    Re: once / when

    Quote Originally Posted by sh.hazeri View Post
    "IT" is not refering to the email, it is something totally diffrent. Here is more explanation :

    I will email ( all you guys ) again ( to inform you ) once it ( the automated process in a sepecific software application ) completes
    Thank you. That makes it clearer. I believe people say that a specific software application "completes its run," but I am not sure.

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    Re: once / when

    Quote Originally Posted by sh.hazeri View Post
    Which one is more accurate and common ?

    - I will email again once it completes
    - I will email again when it completes
    Can 'complete' be used as an intransitive verb? Thank you all.

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    Re: once / when

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Can 'complete' be used as an intransitive verb? Thank you all.
    Not in normal use. It's possible that in IT use, it can be.

    ... once it's finished.
    ... once it's complete.
    ... once it completes the [process].
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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