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    By the time

    Can you check this out,I would really appreciate it.

    By the time I finish work It is lunch.(It is lunch time by the time I finish work)
    By the time I have finished work It'll be lunch.
    By the time I 'll have finished work It'll be lunch.

    I believe the first tells us that It happens everyday and the second tells us only about one time does the third one tells us that (for example tomorrow) when I will have finished work it will be lunch?.
    The second tells us the speaker is already working and the third tells us about sometime in future it will be lunch when he will have finished it.

    Do you agree?

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    Re: By the time

    The first and second are pretty much equivalent in everyday usage. The third is a little too precious in its choice of tenses.
    Last edited by probus; 28-Sep-2015 at 15:06.

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