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    #1

    After having finished, ...

    After having finished your meal, you have to go to bed.
    After you have finished your meal, you have to go to bed.
    After finishing your meal, you have to go to bed.

    Are the variables above all correct? If so, which one do you often use; what other expressions would you usually say?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: After having finished, ...

    The first one is not natural. The second one is better than the third.

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    #3

    Re: After having finished, ...

    If I deleted the word after from the first example sentence, would it be natural?


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    #4

    Re: After having finished, ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    If I deleted the word after from the first example sentence, would it be natural?

    Not really, no.

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    #5

    Re: After having finished, ...

    May I simply say 'After your meal, ...'?

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    #6

    Re: After having finished, ...

    After your meal, you have to go to bed.
    After you finish your meal, you have to...

    If the person has just now finished, you could say "Having finished, you have to go to bed" to mean "Now that you have finished, ... "

    Edit: Fixed typo that showed 'go' as 'got'
    Last edited by Barb_D; 25-Jun-2014 at 16:42.
    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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    #7

    Re: After having finished, ...

    Do you mean "you have to get" in post#6?

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    #8

    Re: After having finished, ...

    It should be 'you have to go'.

    Not a teacher.

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