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    #1

    gets or will get

    ---When will you go to Scotland?
    ---In May when the weather _________ warmer.
    A. will get B. is getting C. gets

    The answer given is C.

    But I think both A or B makes more sense. I think "when....warmer" is an attributive clause instead of an adverbial clause.

    Am I right?

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: gets or will get

    No

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    #3

    Re: gets or will get

    NOT A TEACHER

    I believe that this is a common mistake. The full statement, as said by one person, is, 'When the weather gets warmer, I will go to Scotland.' You only use "will" to talk about the possibility or prediction, not in the if/when clause. So you don't say, 'When the weather will get warmer, I will go to Scotland.'
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 09-Sep-2012 at 17:12. Reason: not relevant

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    #4

    Re: gets or will get

    I have no problem with the "is getting" phrase. That also sounds entirely natural.
    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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    #5

    Re: gets or will get

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have no problem with the "is getting" phrase. That also sounds entirely natural.
    I agree. I would go for C as my first choice, then B. A does not work. It would work as "will be".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: gets or will get

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It would work as "will be".
    Does that mean that, 'When the weather will be warmer, I will go to Scotland' also works? I'm now in doubt whether what I said in post #3 is the reason why A is wrong.

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    Re: gets or will get

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Does that mean that, 'When the weather will be warmer, I will go to Scotland' also works? I'm now in doubt whether what I said in post #3 is the reason why A is wrong.
    No.

    I will go to Scotland in May, when the weather will be warmer. (In May, in the month specified, it will be warmer than it is now.)
    I will go to Scotland in May, when the weather gets warmer. (It will be in May that the weather gets warmer.)
    I will go to Scotland in May, when the weather is getting warmer. (It will be in May that the weather is getting warmer.)

    When the weather gets warmer, I will go to Scotland. (I will not go to Scotland until the weather gets warmer. Here, the present tense is used to indicate the future.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: gets or will get

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No.

    I will go to Scotland in May, when the weather will be warmer. (In May, in the month specified, it will be warmer than it is now.)
    I will go to Scotland in May, when the weather gets warmer. (It will be in May that the weather gets warmer.)
    I will go to Scotland in May, when the weather is getting warmer. (It will be in May that the weather is getting warmer.)

    When the weather gets warmer, I will go to Scotland. (I will not go to Scotland until the weather gets warmer. Here, the present tense is used to indicate the future.)
    But in the original post, there is no comma after May.
    So you mean the comma here makes no difference, don't you?

    Or can I change the order as follows:

    When the weather will be warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.
    When the weather gets warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.
    When the weather is getting warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.

    Thanks again!

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    #9

    Re: gets or will get

    In May when the weather __gets_______ warmer.

    The perfect choice is C because I think simple present is used for events that is certain to happen in the future.

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    #10

    Re: gets or will get

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    But in the original post, there is no comma after May.
    So you mean the comma here makes no difference, don't you?

    Or can I change the order as follows:

    When the weather will be warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.
    When the weather gets warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.
    When the weather is getting warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.

    Thanks again!

    Jason
    Hello.

    ---In May when the weather _________ warmer.

    I think "when" in the sentence above is used as a relative adverb. 'May' is the antecedent.
    It should be non-defining relative clause (adding extra information about the antecedent) in this case.
    Therefore a comma is required before 'when' in my opinion:
    "(I'll go there) in May, when the weather..."


    When the weather will be warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.
    When the weather gets warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.
    When the weather is getting warmer, I will go to Scotland in May.
    'when' is used as a conjuction in each sentence above.
    The first one doesn't work. The second is fine. I'm not sure about the third one.
    I'd probably say, however, "When the weather gets warmer in May, I will..."

    I hope I'm not talking nonsense.

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