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    if vs. when

    Now that that is settled and this sentence:
    " I'll take care of it when I have got time. "

    is obviously correct, here another sentence with "if" instead of "when":

    I would take care of it if I have got time.
    I'd take care of it if I've got time.

    Is this sentence above also correct?

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    Re: if vs. when

    Quote Originally Posted by altiwife View Post
    Now that that is settled and this sentence:
    "I'll take care of it when I have got time."

    is obviously correct...
    It's grammatically correct but unnatural. Write (and say) when I've​ got time.

    ... here is another sentence with "if" instead of "when":

    I would take care of it if I have got time.
    I'd take care of it if I've got time.

    Is this sentence above also correct?
    No. Write I'd (or "I would") take care of it if I had time.

    Don't put a space after an opening quotation mark or before a closing one.
    I am not a teacher.

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