What does the sentence " you came when you did" mean ?especially the term " when you did".The meaning is not apparent.

  • What specifically are you confused about?
    – alphabet
    Commented Mar 31 at 2:22
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    What is the full sentence?
    – BillJ
    Commented Mar 31 at 7:16
  • @BillJ Is the when you did a fused relative? (in its most likely reading?) Commented Mar 31 at 9:37
  • @Araucaria-Him Yes, especially in something like "I'm glad you came [when you did]".
    – BillJ
    Commented Mar 31 at 10:13
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    Please edit this question to include the full sentence not just a fragment, and if possible the broader context.
    – tchrist
    Commented Mar 31 at 12:53

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This is usually used in the context of I am glad you came when you did. It needs something in front of it. It makes little sense outside of that. It means what it appears to mean; I am glad that you arrived when you arrived. You're arrival was fortuitous. You got here just in time.

It could also be used in the negative; Too bad you came when you did. Meaning you got here just in time for trouble or danger. Without something in front of it this would be tautological. You came when you did. Indeed. You are here now that you are here.


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