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    will vs can.

    1)After finishing this work,we will go.

    2)After finishing this work,we can go.

    which one of the above sentence is more appropriate in the context that some work has to be completed in office.

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    #2

    Re: will vs can.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    1)After finishing this work,we will go.

    2)After finishing this work,we can go.

    which one of the above sentence is more appropriate in the context that some work has to be completed in office.
    Both are possible, though they have different shades of meaning.

    Neither to me is particularly natural. I'd be more likely to say, "We'll/We can go when we've finished this".

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    Re: will vs can.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Neither to me is particularly natural. I'd be more likely to say, "We'll/We can go when we've finished this".
    Don't they sound natural if the stress is on finishing the work?
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Both are possible, though they have different shades of meaning.
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    Isn't the second sentence more likely for the given context that work should be finished?

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    #4

    Re: will vs can.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Don't they sound natural if the stress is on finishing the work?
    I just happen to think that constructions with the -ing form are not particularly common/natural in normal conversation. I remember at school (many
    years ago) being taught to use these constructions because they were more 'elegant'. So we used them in our written work, because we didn't want to lose marks, but we didn't, and don't, use them much in normal conversation.


    Isn't the second sentence more likely for the given context that work should be finished?
    If there is an obligation on us to finish the work, then 'can' is more likely, in my opinion.
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    Re: will vs can.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    . I remember at school (
    many
    years ago) being taught to use these constructions because they were more 'elegant'.
    Here in my country,I hear this type of construction of sentence quite often.Maybe,Since people here are nonnative speakers,they prefer formal way of saying things.

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