As soon as + simple present tense or future tense?

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[FONT=&quot]Dear English teacher:[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Which one is correct?[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]A. we will get there as soon as you will [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]B. we will get there as soon as you do.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]I had always thought that: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]“Simple present tense” is used after [if, as soon as, as, when, after, before, once] to express future meaning. But then“practical English usage” by Michael Swan, says both are correct.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]There is another sentence I came across regarding this topic:[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] When he will arrive is nobody’s guess. Shouldn’t it be “when he arrives is nobody’s guess?[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]A detailed answer will be appreciated [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Thanks[/FONT]
 

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When he will arrive is nobody’s guess. Shouldn’t it be “when he arrives is nobody’s guess?
No.

'When he will arrive' is not a time clause.

"When will he arrive?" - We don't know when he will arrive. When he will arrive is anybody's guess.
"Where will he live?" - We don't know where he will live. Where he will live is anybody's guess.
"What will he do?" - We don't know what he will do. What he will do is anybody's guess.


Note that the expression is anybody's guess, not nobody's guess.
 

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5jj,

Does "is anybody's guess" mean, nobody can guess / nobody knows when he will arrive ?

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No.

'When he will arrive' is not a time clause.

"When will he arrive?" - We don't know when he will arrive. When he will arrive is anybody's guess.
"Where will he live?" - We don't know where he will live. Where he will live is anybody's guess.
"What will he do?" - We don't know what he will do. What he will do is anybody's guess.


Note that the expression is anybody's guess, not nobody's guess.

Thanks for the answer but you forgot to answer the first part of my question:
Which one is correct?

A. we will get there as soon as you will

B. we will get there as soon as you do.
 
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