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    Can I use when and will together?

    Dear Teacher,

    Is this sentence correct?
    I don't know when they will come.
    I shouldn't use the will, should I?
    Is it possible to use will in clauses of time?
    The same problem with this:
    Do you know exectly when the train will come?

    Is this sentence correct? Hasn't she been visited in hospital. ..or in the hospital?

    And the other problem:
    The question is often put who the child's real mother is, the one who bears it, or the one who raises it.
    Can it be use in this sentence? Shouldn't her or him be there instead of it?

    Thanks a lot,
    rafael


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    Re: Can I use when and will together?

    #1 You can indeed use "when" and "will" together. It is perfectly acceptable, and your sentences are fine.

    #2 I would use "...in hospital."

    #3 In this case, child carries no gender, so can take "it".

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    #3

    Re: Can I use when and will together?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    #1 You can indeed use "when" and "will" together. It is perfectly acceptable, and your sentences are fine.

    ...

    I think this misunderstanding about never using "when" and "will" together comes from a misinterpretation of the rule about time clauses introduced by "when" and referring to the future: 'When she comes [not "will come"] I will give it to her.'

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    #4

    Re: Can I use when and will together?

    Thanks. I was intrigued as to why Rafael would be doubtful.

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    #5

    Re: Can I use when and will together?

    As a side note, American usage has the "the" with hospital.

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