tense (future in the past)

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fab54

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Hello,
Situation: "In the bank they tell me: "Come back when you have your phone number". Two days after I go to the bank with my phone number"
Which sentence is correct:
1) I'm here because they/he told me to come back when I have my phone number
2) I'm here because they/he told me to come back when I would have my phone number
3) I'm here because they/he told me to come back when I had my phone number

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Both (1) and (3) are correct, Fab. You have the choice of using the same (past) tense for both clauses, as in (3), or using the present tense as in (4) for the situation which still obtains (the possession of the phone number).
 

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fab54 said:
Hello,
Situation: "In the bank they tell me: "Come back when you have your phone number". Two days after I go to the bank with my phone number"
Which sentence is correct:
1) I'm here because they/he told me to come back when I have my phone number
2) I'm here because they/he told me to come back when I would have my phone number
3) I'm here because they/he told me to come back when I had my phone number

Thanks

In addition, :D

I'm here because I was told to come back when I got my phone number.


All the best, :D
 
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