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    when

    He ---- a book in the garden when I ---- there.

    A) will read / have got
    B) is reading / will get
    C) was reading / got
    D) would be reading / was getting
    E) had read / had got

    Hi,

    The answer to the question above is C. I wonder why A is wrong. As far as I know it is possible to use present perfect after when and will in the main clause. This is what Swan has to say about this:

    present perfect: . " when I've finished
    The present perfect is used instead of the future perfect, to express the idea of
    completion.

    I'll phone you when I've finished. (NOT ... when I will have finished)
    At the end of the year there will be an exam on everything you've studied.
    (NOT ... everything you will have studied.)

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    Re: when

    Logically, how would you be able to know the first? It strikes me that this is more of a problem of meaning and logic than grammar.

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    Re: when

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Logically, how would you be able to know the first? It strikes me that this is more of a problem of meaning and logic than grammar.
    Can't it be pre-arranged?

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