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    I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.

    Hi, I have a few sentences i'd like to get checked.

    I was going to refuel the car after dropping you off.

    I would refuel the car after dropping you off.
    I would refuel the car after I would drop you off.
    I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.
    I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle was finished.

    Which one of these sentences are correct? And could you please point me out to the grammar rules that explain this? I'm really confused about sentences like these. I don't know which tense i should use. Thank you.
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    #2

    Re: I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.

    The first three are all incorrect because they don't start with a capital letter, the personal pronoun "I" is not capitalised, and they don't end with a full stop.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first three are all incorrect because they don't start with a capital letter, the personal pronoun "I" is not capitalised, and they don't end with a full stop.
    Ok what about now?

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    Re: I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.

    I was going to refuel the car after dropping you off.Correct.

    I would refuel the car after dropping you off. Possible in the right context.


    I would refuel the car after I would drop you off. Wrong.


    I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished. Wrong.


    I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle was finished. OK, but better with "had" instead of "was".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #5

    Re: I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.

    Fox12, your member info says you currently live in the United States. Then you should know that we don't say we're going to refuel the car. Perhaps:

    I was going to put gas in the tank after I dropped you off.

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    Re: I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I was going to refuel the car after dropping you off.Correct.

    I would refuel the car after dropping you off. Possible in the right context.


    I would refuel the car after I would drop you off. Wrong.


    I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished. Wrong.


    I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle was finished. OK, but better with "had" instead of "was".
    Thank you! Do you where I can learn more about this? Could you provide me with some tips/ links? Again, sentences like these are very confusing for me and I keep making mistakes. Thank you

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    #7

    Re: I was going to empty the dishwasher after the cycle has been finished.

    Hello, FoX12.

    It might be a good idea for you to learn more about the "future in the past".

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/gram...re-in-the-past

    (Please try googling "future in the past", and you'll find more.)

    I hope it helps.


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