will be the one who / will be the one who will

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Hi,
I am a little unsure about which one is grammatically correct

1.you will be the one who is sorry
2.you will be the one who will be sorry

My natural inclination is towards one, but a search of the American corpus revealed a roughly equal amount of sentences similar to 1 and 2 in print and published works.

i.e.
'There will be a time when they will override us'
'There will be a time when that is approrpiate'

Any help would be appreciated!
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M
 

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Hi,
I am a little unsure about which one is grammatically correct

1.you will be the one who is sorry
2.you will be the one who will be sorry

My natural inclination is towards one, but a search of the American corpus revealed a roughly equal amount of sentences similar to 1 and 2 in print and published works.

i.e.
'There will be a time when they will override us'
'There will be a time when that is approrpiate'

Any help would be appreciated!
Regards,
M

Yours is a complex sentence. In this case the sequence of tenses is usually determined by the tense of the verb in the independent clause. When the verb in the principal clause is in the present or future tense (that is the case here), the verb in the subordinate clause may be in any tense that the context requires.

So what if nobody cares, at least, you will be the one who is sorry
One day believe me, you will be the one who will be sorry
 

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Thanks alot, your advice is very helpful.
So in essence, is there any semantic difference between the two types of sentences mentioned in the original post? If so, what is it?
Also may I ask what would happen if the principal clause was in the past tense?


For example
There was always going to be a time when he would become redundant
There was always going to be a time when he became redundant
 
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Yours is a complex sentence. In this case the sequence of tenses is usually determined by the tense of the verb in the independent clause.
That may be true. But you're assuming that the tense in the primary clause is correct. I would say: 3. You are the one who will be sorry.

For the later example: "There will be a time when they override us" is one correct answer.
 

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So in essence, is there any semantic difference between the two types of sentences mentioned in the original post?
No, but you don't need a "will" in both clauses.
"You will be the one who is sorry" = "You are the one who will be sorry." (My preference).
"You will be the one who will be sorry" - means the same, but sounds awkward and is unnecessary.


Also may I ask what would happen if the principal clause was in the past tense?


For example
There was always going to be a time when he would become redundant
There was always going to be a time when he became redundant
You could use either. I prefer the first.
If you had the following:
"We could see there would come a time when he would become/became redundant", I'd use "became" to avoid the two "woulds".
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Thanks raymott.
so you're saying it's a matter of style?
i.e. going to + will / would sounds better than
will / would + will/would
 

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Thanks raymott.
so you're saying it's a matter of style?
i.e. going to + will / would sounds better than
will / would + will/would
In the sentences you've presented, yes, it's a matter of style.
 
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