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    Future perfect tense

    "We're late! The train will have left when we arrive".

    Does this mean "Train" leaves the place before they arrive? ("We will arrive after the train leaves")
    Last edited by Checkmate; 21-Nov-2014 at 10:57.

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    Re: Future perfect tense

    https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/...re-perfect.htm
    After reading the above, I think it means 'The train will leave before they arrive'.

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    Re: Future perfect tense

    Yes. It means that the train will have already departed before they arrive. It would sound more natural to say "The train will have left by the time we arrive."

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    Re: Future perfect tense

    'The train will depart when the driver arrives.'
    Does it mean 'The train will depart immediately after the driver arrives'?

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    Re: Future perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'The train will depart when the driver arrives.'
    Does it mean 'The train will depart immediately after the driver arrives'?

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    Assuming you mean the driver of the train, yes.

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    Re: Future perfect tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'The train will depart when the driver arrives.'
    Does it mean 'The train will depart immediately after the driver arrives'?
    It should do- if they're waiting for him,then they will want the train to leave as soon as possible after he arrives.

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    Re: Future perfect tense

    Ideally, the train will leave at the scheduled time, the driver having arrived earlier in order to take his hat and coat off and complete any necessary paperwork and operational formalities.

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    Re: Future perfect tense

    The train will have trouble leaving before the driver arrives.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Future perfect tense

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the delay. United Airlines Flight 59 will depart just as soon as the pilot gets here."

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