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    #1

    Will you reply if I will ask you to do so?

    Hi,

    Herewith, I`d like to pick up an issue formerly touched on in passing. Since it had but a marginal existence there, I deem it recommendable to establish it as a thread of its own. Let me come down to brass tacks.
    The other day a colleague of mine spoke of an American student of his who always uses a future tense in a temporal clause justifying himself by asserting that this is the common way to do it in the US now.

    E.g.: As soon as / when I will arrive, IŽll call you up.

    What do the American members make of this assertion?

    Hucky

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    #2

    Re: Will you reply if I will ask you to do so?

    An American would say:

    As soon as I arrive, I'll call you.

    I'll = I will

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    #3

    Re: Will you reply if I will ask you to do so?

    Dear susiedgg,

    To start with, thank you so much!

    Properly, I had expected a reply like yours, or rather hoped for it.

    What, then, would an American speaker make of someone who uses the will-future in a temporal or conditional clause? Would for instance an English teacher or any other teacher at an American High School tolerate such a construction instead of correcting him?

    Hucky

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    #4

    not a teacher

    Or "When I arrive" or "After I arrive". Still no call for "will" in the first part of that sentence. "Will" in the second, main part of the sentence is enough.

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    Re: Will you reply if I will ask you to do so?

    No English teacher in America would tolerate "when I will arrive, IŽll call you up."

    Not only is it grammatically incorrect, it is never heard. It's not slang, it's not some cult argot, it is just plain wrong. I am as certain of this as I am of anything.

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    #6

    Re: Will you reply if I will ask you to do so?

    *Not a teacher.

    You can't use future tenses in temporal clauses. Period.

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    #7

    Re: Will you reply if I will ask you to do so?

    Thanks so much to all of you! But my special thanks go to probus. Your statements have been very illuminating, exactly what I was after.

    Cheerio!

    Hucky

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