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    He is willing to invest once I have decided

    He is willing to invest once I have decided.

    He is willing to invest once I decide.


    What are the differences in the meaning of above sentences?

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    Re: He is willing to invest once I have decided

    Not much.
    With the first, the decision might be a bit further in the future.
    But it does leave the reader wondering "decide what?"
    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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    Re: He is willing to invest once I have decided

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Not much.
    With the first, the decision might be a bit further in the future.
    But it does leave the reader wondering "decide what?"
    I want to learn a bit extra about these types of construction. It would be very nice if you explain it's grammar.
    Thanks

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    Re: He is willing to invest once I have decided

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    I want to learn a bit extra about these types of construction. It would be very nice if you explain its grammar.
    Thanks
    I don't know what else to add.
    You can switch the order, but if you do, put a comma after the time-dependent part:
    Once I decide which restaurant I want to go to for my birthday, my husband will be happy to take me.
    Once I have decided which restaurant I want to go to for my birthday, my husband will be happy to take me.
    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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