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    #1

    you never know

    Which are correct:

    1 You never know when lightening will strike.

    2 You never know when lightening strikes.

    3 You never know when your group will be sent on a mission.

    4 You never know when your group is sent on a mission.

    I think the ones in red are correct. The ones in purple seem to mean that you don't know something is happening (lightening is striking, your group is sent on a mission) when it is happening.

    That would work in a sentence like:
    You never know when he is picking your pocket. (He is doing it and you are oblivious to it.)

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: you never know

    I agree.

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    #3

    Re: you never know

    It's "lightning". You used "lightening", which means "to make something more light".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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