I have asked for money from Jagan next time if he comes.

I am bit confused, whether it is completed in past or it will be in future.


It is structurally awkward, but indicates that Jagan will contribute the next time the group meets, if he is able to make an appearance.

I would further conclude that if he is unable to make the next meeting, that he and his contribution will appear at the meeting after that.

I am bit confused, whether it is completed in past or it will be in future.

The asking happened in the past. The actual transfer of money will happen in the future, if and when Jagan can attend.

  • Please revert the edit if you think I've got it wrong. I think you're right re the the default assumption. Even if Jagan doesn't/can't attend the next meeting, he'll be expected to pay if/when he attends a subsequent meeting. – FumbleFingers Nov 5 '14 at 18:52
  • @FumbleFingers No, I appreciate your edit. Thanks! – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Nov 5 '14 at 21:43
  • Your English in general (and particularly, your knowledge of idiomatic usages) is so good it seems clear to me you must be a very competent AmE speaker. And there are even uncertainties over exactly how bring is used in BrE (especially between mainland and N. Irish). But something about your original didn't quite sit well with me. I kinda wanted to just tack on the word in, but I figured that might be a US/UK divide. Anyway, I'm happy if you're happy - and if nothing else, your comment pinged me to remind me I forgot to actually click on the upvote button! – FumbleFingers Nov 5 '14 at 22:06

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