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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    ... if you will come/...when you will come

    I want to know if you will come.

    I want to know when you will come.


    Are they grammatical, please? Which one is better than the other, please?

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    #2

    Re: ... if you will come/...when you will come

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I want to know if you will come.

    I want to know when you will come.


    Are they grammatical, please? Which one is better than the other, please?
    They are both correct, but they have different meanings.

    In the first, the writer/speaker is unsure about your making the trip.
    In the second, the writer/speaker is unsure about the timing of the trip -- what time, what day, what month, etc.

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    #3

    Re: ... if you will come/...when you will come

    I thought we cannot use if + will together. I would say: I want to know if you come.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: ... if you will come/...when you will come

    We can use "if" and "when" with "will" if they are part of a noun phrase as in "I want to know if you will come" and "I want to know when you will come." When "will come" is a verb phrase, it cannot be combined with "if" or "when." Thus it would be wrong to say "If (or when) you will come, you will learn a lot of things." As you know, we use the simple present "come" rather than "will come" with "if" and "when" in verb phrases.
    Last edited by probus; 18-Oct-2013 at 12:51.

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