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    #1

    completely confused

    Can anyone please tell me what is wrong with the following sentences?

    If I weren't married and had kids, I would travel around the world.

    I will have received your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I should have received
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I should receive
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I will receive
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.

    And
    How are the last four sentences different from one another?


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    #2

    Re: completely confused

    Quote Originally Posted by unruly2009 View Post
    Can anyone please tell me what is wrong with the following sentences?

    If I weren't married and had kids, I would travel around the world.

    I will have received your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I should have received
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I should receive
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I will receive
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.

    And
    How are the last four sentences different from one another?

    There is nothing grammatically wrong with #1-3.
    #1, however, is semantically strange and probably a mistaken version of

    If I weren't married and didn't have kids,...


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    Re: completely confused

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    There is nothing grammatically wrong with #1-3.
    #1, however, is semantically strange and probably a mistaken version of

    If I weren't married and didn't have kids,...
    Thanks so much for your reply.
    So the sentences below essentially mean the same thing right? So, let's say...I'm asked when I'll receive a postcard, and anyone of the sentences below will do?? I'm just trying to figure out which is the best way to convey when you're asked when you'll receive something, which you don't really know exactly when but just trying to guess that you'll probably receive by certain time.

    I will have received your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I should have received
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I should receive
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.
    I will receive
    your postcard by the time you get back from the trip.

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