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    Re: Time Clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Polarenvy View Post

    Wouldn't it be, "We'll make tea when the water is boiling."?

    I don't think water can be boiled in the present tense.
    You've just used it in the present tense, although it's true that it has future meaning.
    What tense is "I am boiling the water" in?
    "I always add the coffee and sugar while I boil the water" Tense?
    "OK, I've filled the kettle. Now I boil the water".

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    Re: Time Clauses

    A few of these reactions remind me of the response I've heard, said about people who actually do reflect on their thoughts, feelings and the human condition : 'he thinks too much'. Does he?/Do they? or are the dismissive ones just 'mindless' ?
    Is that meant to be a soliloquy or....?

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