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    Future in the Future

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    Time line  ------------------------------------------------------------->
                      Now           A               B               C
                                   (Start        (Degree          (Job)
                                    Uni)       completion)
    Given above time line, imagine that I am talking to my sibling 'Now.' I am assuming that at Point A he would worry about completion of Uni education and getting a job afterwards.

    One day when you would complete your Uni [B], you would look back at time when you started it [A] and wondered when you would complete it and would get a job.

    This one sounds terribly bad. Too many woulds.

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    Re: Future in the Future

    I agree. Try it again, but this time, express the first future with the present simple: One day, when you graduate from college, you'll look back at the time when you started....
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    Re: Future in the Future

    How about this?

    One day, when you graduate from college, you will look back at the time when you started it and wondered when you would complete it and got a job (or would get a job??).

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    #4

    Re: Future in the Future

    It should be and get a job. Modals are followed by a bare infinitive.

    The sentence is too complicated. Can you remove three or four words?
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    Re: Future in the Future

    How about this?

    One day, when you graduate from college, you will look back at the time when you started it and wondered when you would complete it and get a job.


    I think, from college and it can be sensed from the context.

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    Re: Future in the Future

    Complete needs "it", but finished wouldn't: One day, when you graduate, you will look back at the time when you started and wondered when you would finish and get a job.

    I'm not crazy about wondered. While it is grammatically correct, I keep stumbling when I read it because I connect it with will look back at, which can only be followed by a bare infinitive. You'd have to recast the whole second part of the sentence to avoid that awkwardness though.
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    #7

    Re: Future in the Future

    I see GS's point. I think a comma after started might help

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    Re: Future in the Future

    Replacing wondered with were wondering would smooth out the sentence.
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