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  1. B45
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    Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    Please take the package right when the post office is open.

    VS

    Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    Are both okay?

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    #2

    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    "Opens" is correct. In BrE, we would use "as soon as the Post Office opens" not "right when the ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    Would you use "on the Post Office's opening"? The Oxford dictionary says "on" can mean "immediately after".

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    Your phrase is grammatical but not colloquial in this context.

    (There's no need to capitalise 'post office'.)

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    I think Matthew was copying my capitalisation of Post Office. Because it's still a brand name (and there is no competition), I always capitalise it. "I'm going to the Post Office" is the same as "I'm going to Waterstone's" or "I'm off to Sainsbury's". I agree that a "post office" is a type of business but, for me, it's a company name.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    As you wish. To me it's just another building like the bank or library.

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Opens" is correct. In BrE, we would use "as soon as the Post Office opens" not "right when the ...".
    Are my two examples wrong then?

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    When they wake up, I'm sure one of our AmE speakers will tell you whether "right when the ... opens" is OK for them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    It is not normal for me as an AmE speaker. And I would also capitalize "Post Office".

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    Re: Please take the package right when the post office opens.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is not normal for me as an AmE speaker. And I would also capitalize "Post Office".
    What would you change it to?

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