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    ask about clause

    why there is no future tense in adverbial clause of time?


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    Re: ask about clause

    Can you give us an example of an adverbial clause in the present or past tense?


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    why there is no future tense in adverbial clause of time?
    Not all grammar rules are logical, and different languages have different rules (and different logics). The best explanation probably is that every language evolves following its own path. I know it's not very helpful.


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    Re: ask about clause

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Can you give us an example of an adverbial clause in the present or past tense?
    Ex: Please wait me until I come back.
    I often read newspaper while I am waiting for the bus.

    Is bold letters called adverbial clause of time?


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    Re: ask about clause

    Yes, "adverbial clauses of time", "adverb clauses of time" or just "time clauses"

    By the way, in your sentence "Please wait me until I come back." you either need to say "wait for me" or just skip "me" altogether.


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    I don't understand. Neither sentence relates to the future or is future tense.

    If someone was next to you at the bus stop, yesterday, today, or tomorrow, they might have seen you reading a newspaper. Both things were happening at the same time - 'waiting' and 'reading'.


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    Re: ask about clause

    David, there's a good article about time clauses at English Adverb Clauses - How to Use Adverb Clauses- Grammar for English ESL TEFL EFL ESOL. Would that help you understand?

    And you're mixing up two different things here. Vthanhtrung's first question was why there is no future tense in adverbial clauses of time, his second post was responding to your request to give an example of an adverbial clause in the present or past tense. He gave you examples of the present tense.
    Last edited by Aligor; 01-Apr-2008 at 21:07.

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