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    A question about past perfect tense and 'will' in sentences?

    Hello

    Could you please look at these sentences below and tell me why it is wrong to use the second 'will' in the first sentence, and the 'will' in the second sentence and if it is wrong or not to use past perfect in the third sentence? Is it acceptable to use past pefect tense after 'when'?



    1.I am reading Tom's book. Tom will come soon and I (will) want to finish reading it before he comes.
    2. As soon as you see your friend, tell him that I (will) want to see him.
    3.When she had spent/spent all her money, she returned home.

    Thank you!

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    Re: A question about past perfect tense and 'will' in sentences?

    In 1 and 2, the idea of it being in the future is already expressed by "Tom will come soon" and "As soon as you see your friend".

    Additionally, in 1, the wanting is happening now. You already want to have finished the book by the time your friend comes, so the present tense is appropriate.

    In 2, if you said "will want to see him", that means that the person is going to tell their friend "Sondra will want to see you [+ timeframe]". What you actually want them to say is "Sondra wants to see you" so when the event actually happens, the present tense will again be appropriate.

    I prefer "had spent" in 3 because the spending of the money happened before the returning home.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A question about past perfect tense and 'will' in sentences?

    Thank you! I thought it is wrong to use 'when' with past perfect.

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    Re: A question about past perfect tense and 'will' in sentences?

    In that instance, "when" means "after" or "once".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A question about past perfect tense and 'will' in sentences?

    So when it means ''after'' or ''once'' it can be used with past perfect?

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    Re: A question about past perfect tense and 'will' in sentences?

    Yes, but "when" was also correct.

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    Re: A question about past perfect tense and 'will' in sentences?

    I see. Thanks! A student told me once that there is a rule according to which using ''when'' with past perfect is wrong. That student was obviously wrong....

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