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    Can you tell me when I get my order?

    Does it make sense to say like 1? We can assume "When I get my order (in the future) can you tell me?(=can you let me know?", which is different from 2. It might sound weird, but I wonder if it makes sense.

    1. Can you tell me when I get my order?
    2. Can you tell me when I will get my order?

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    Re: Can you tell me when I get my order?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does it make sense to say like 1? We can assume "When I get my order (in the future) can you tell me?(=can you let me know?", which is different from 2. It might sound weird, but I wonder if it makes sense.

    1. Can you tell me when I get my order?
    2. Can you tell me when I will get my order?
    Number 1 doesn't make sense. I will already know that I have received my order because it's in my hands or on my table. You could ask Can you tell me when you ship​ my order?

    Man of Manners forgot to mention that he is not a teacher. His analysis is incorrect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can you tell me when I get my order?

    I am not a teacher but I have a healthy interest in English.
    The first sentence can mean:
    1- The speaker is asking the listener to tell him something, which is not mentioned in the very same sentence, at the time of getting their order. It's the same as: "When I get my order, can you tell me [...sth...]?
    2-The speaker, who is new in a place, is asking the listener, who might also be new in the same place or might not, when all the people in that place get their order.

    I'll say I am not a teacher, as you are, GoesStation, in my signature.

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    Re: Can you tell me when I get my order?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    1. Can you tell me when I get my order?
    2. Can you tell me when I will get my order?
    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    I am not a teacher but I have a healthy interest in English.
    The first sentence can mean:
    1- The speaker is asking the listener to tell him something, which is not mentioned in the very same sentence, at the time of getting their order. It's the same as: "When I get my order, can you tell me [...sth...]?
    2-The speaker, who is new in a place, is asking the listener, who might also be new in the same place or might not, when all the people in that place get their order.
    I can imagine a scenario where A and B are in a restaurant and A has gone to another table to chat with a friend. Before leaving, A says sentence 1 to B. It would be carelessly worded, though; the right thing for A to say would be Can you tell me when my order comes or arrives?

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    I'll say I am not a teacher, as you are, GoesStation, in my signature.
    You've written that I, GoesStation, am a teacher. I'm not. I think you meant to write I'll say I am not a teacher, as you do, GoesStation, in my signature.
    I am not a teacher.

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