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    #1

    tense & mood: "would rather that . . . when . . ."

    Which is correct? In both sentence trios, both the training
    and the being here are to be interpreted as future: "he"
    hasn't been trained yet, and isn't yet here.

    1a) I would rather that he WAS trained when he WAS here.
    1b) I would rather that he WERE trained when he WAS here.
    1c) I would rather that he WERE trained when he WERE here.

    2a) I would rather that he IS trained when he IS here.
    2b) I would rather that he BE trained when he IS here.
    2c) I would rather that he BE trained when he BE here.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: tense & mood: "would rather that . . . when . . ."

    2b is the most natural one for me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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