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    The difference between two statements

    Good evening.
    I am not a native speaker, wanting to learn this language. I had found an interesting question before I came here.
    Does these two sentences have the same meaning. Please, explain it to me if not.
    "I will send You the paper after I finish it".
    "I will send You the paper after I have finished it".
    or
    "He will give me the book as soon as he finishes reading it".
    "He will give me the book as soon as he has finished reading it".

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    Re: The difference between two statements

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Voronkov View Post
    Good evening.
    I am not a native English speaker and I wanting want to learn this the language. I had found an interesting question before I came here.

    Does Do these two sentences have the same meaning? Please, explain it to me if not.

    "I will send you the paper after I finish it".
    "I will send you the paper after I have finished it".
    or and
    "He will give me the book as soon as he finishes reading it".
    "He will give me the book as soon as he has finished reading it".
    Welcome to the forum.

    All four sentences are correct. The first two mean the same as each other and the last two mean the same as each other.

    Note my corrections to your post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The difference between two statements

    Thank you very much. But I found one interesting post, after I opened this thread yesterday.
    "We hope to have finished the building works by the end of March." Does it mean that it implies a consideration of post-completion action (some additional issues to solve after finnishing works) instead "We hope to finish the building works by the end of March."

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    Re: The difference between two statements

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Voronkov View Post
    "We hope to have finished the building works by the end of March." Does it mean that it implies a consideration of post-completion action (some additional issues to solve after finishing the works) instead of "We hope to finish the building works by the end of March?"
    No.
    This is a quirky structure in the English language. It is about someone jumping to the future, looking back and commenting.

    I will insert some text (in red) to clarify it further.

    We hope to be able to say, "we have finished the building works" by the end of March.
    Last edited by teechar; 15-Jan-2017 at 13:54.

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