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    #1

    whenever + simple present, simple present/present perfect

    Hi,

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    - Whenever I intend to buy a dress or a shirt, I've always ended up buying none. / I always end up buying none.

    I cannot decide which tense to use - present perfect or simple present. The simple present suits, I think, but cannot make sure of the present perfect.

    Thanks.

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    Re: whenever + simple present, simple present/present perfect

    While you are waiting for an answer, I advise you to have a look at the following examples, where the present simple instead of the present perfect is used.

    'Larry always blames me whenever anything goes wrong.'
    'Whenever I hear that tune, it makes me think of you.'
    ── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/whenever

    'Whenever she comes, she brings a friend.'
    'The roof leaks whenever it rains.'
    ── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...r_1?q=whenever
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: whenever + simple present, simple present/present perfect

    . (In an actual utterance though it's not uncommon for speaker to start out with one structure in mind and then switch to another:

    structures:

    • Whenever + <verb-in-present> I <verb-in-present>
    • Whenever + <verb-in-present-perfect> I <verb-in-present-perfect>


    But you often hear 'hybrids'. It's not right, but it happens.)

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    #4

    Re: whenever + simple present, simple present/present perfect

    Is "Whenever + <verb-in-present-perfect> I <verb-in-present>" possible, BobK?
    Ex:
    - Whenever I have done my homework, I listen to music.
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    Re: whenever + simple present, simple present/present perfect

    Yes.

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