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    Question "when you will see" or "when you see"?

    "when you will see" or "when you see"?

    The nurse will arrange a the time when you _____ the doctor again next week.
    (A) see (B) have seen (C) will see (D) is seen
    The answer is (C)
    Why (C)?
    Is it wrong to use the present tense to replace the future tense in the context of "...the time when..."?
    Will you native speakers regard the option (A) as an acceptable answer?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "when you will see" or "when you see"?

    Quote Originally Posted by simile View Post
    "when you will see" or "when you see"?

    The nurse will arrange a the time when you _____ the doctor again next week.
    (A) see (B) have seen (C) will see (D) is seen
    The answer is (C)
    Why (C)?
    Is it wrong to use the present tense to replace the future tense in the context of "...the time when..."?
    Will you native speakers regard the option (A) as an acceptable answer?
    Thanks in advance.
    It's not a good question. The sentence isn't natural, but the answer is less unnatural with "will see" than it is with "see".
    With "see", a possible interpretation is that the nurse will only arrange the time next week, when you see the doctor again. This is unlikely to be useful, since you don't have that appointment yet.
    "The nurse will arrange a time for you to see the doctor again next week." - good English, but still could be interpreted that the nurse will arrange the time next week. The intonation is important.

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