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    past tense or present tense

    I encounterd this question and answer.

    The man decided to wait at the station until his wife ( ).

    1. came
    2. come
    3. has come
    4. will come

    The textbook says that the answer is #1 "came."
    I understand the sentence "The man decided to wait at the station until his wife came" is correct, if the whole event described here is in the past. That said, I think #3 "has come" can be another possible answer as well, if his wife hasn't shown up yet and he is still waiting for her. Is my understanding wrong?

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    Re: past tense or present tense

    In your situation, #3 is possible, though I'd be more likely to say 'The man has decided to wait until his wife comes'.

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