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    ansonguy is offline Junior Member
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    I told him I will go out again after I take my groceries home.

    Yesterday morning, I called a plumber to fix my leaky tap. During my shopping, the plumber talked to me over the phone. After we hung up, I talked to my friend over the phone about my appointment with the plumber. I am going to write down my conversations with both the plumber and my friend below.

    (ex)my conversation with the plumber

    The plumber asked me,"Can I come in earlier because one of my clients canceled his appointment?"

    I replied,"Sorry, you can't come earlier because I'm shopping right now. I will go out again after I take my groceries home."

    One hour after the plumber called me, my friend talked to me over the phone.
    Jack asked, "Where are you?"
    I said, "I am walking home."
    He asked, "Has your tap been fixed yet?"
    I said,"No. The plumber wanted to fix it earlier. But, I told him that I will (would) go out again after I take my groceries after I (took) take my groceries home."

    In the red clause, I should use "will .... take" because I was still walking home when I talked to my friend about the plumber.
    I think I should use "would .... took" if I talked to him about the plumber after I put my groceries home.

    Is my reasoning correct? Please give me your feedback. Thanks a lot.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: I told him I will go out again after I take my groceries home.

    I think both are possible- it's more about your view of what you're reporting than your geographical location.

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