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“When clause” in past tense when describing a conditional fact

Please take a look at the following example of using the When conjunction: We've fixed a bug where an error message popped up when the user clicked / clicks on the Start button. If the main clause ...
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Does any grammar (book or theory) classify 'where' and 'when' as pronouns?

(1) A: Where are you from? B: I'm from the U.S. (2) A: When do you leave? B: I leave a week from tomorrow/July 7th/this coming Sunday. Traditional grammar classifies where and when in (1) and (2) as ...
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“would” and “will” after “when” for generalization

I need help, a second eye to proofread the following: "This method precludes an instance when the user has/will have their device broken." AND: "This method precluded an instance when the user had/...
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Why is “when clause” past?

"She said she would wait for me to return safely," he said, "and go to the frontline again with me when she recovered." Do you know why "when clause" is past? My understanding is that it should be ...
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Which grammar rule (if any) applies to the phrase 'I like it when you smile.'

Why can we say 'I like it when you smile,' but not 'I like it how you talk, or 'I like it where you go.'?
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Regarding “when” is a preposition

I was in a text exchange with a friend from Mexico. English is his second language. He deigned to correct something I, whose English is my first language, texted... "When you, me, Tony, and Gabi met ...
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Using 'at the time of ' instead of the word 'when '

I will go when you come. Can I use 'at the time of' instead of the word 'when', as follows? I will go at the time of your coming. After the change, Is there any difference in meaning?
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“When” clause in second conditional

I would like to ask you for clarification, if the usage of the when clause is correct in the second conditional. In one book I found the sentence: When the factory came online in 1990, he would ...
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How to choose between “where” and “when” after the expression “There hasn't been a moment…”?

There hasn't been a moment where/when science has ceased to amaze me. What do I choose? I have also seen use of "that" in some cases: There hasn't been a time that I haven't loved you.
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What tense to use with when along with past perfect

Consider this sentence: He had felt this pain earlier, when he drew the bow. My intuition would be that the sentence is incorrect, and that the correct form is: He had felt this pain earlier, when ...
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Is “I got lost trying to find” correct?

I read this paragraph: - Why didn't you come to Alex's house last night? We were all expecting to see you there. + Oh, I'm sorry about that. I got lost trying to find Alex's house. Which one is ...
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Using “won't” in a “when” sentence

I'm confused about the use of "won't" in a "when" sentence, I've seen many sentences like: What to do When Your Dog Won't Eat is that right? or should it be: What to do When Your Dog doesn't ...
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Subordinating conjunctions “who” & “when” as subject clause?

I understand who and when can be used to introduce adjective clause for sure like the following sentences. The time when it is good for us to meet has not been decided. The person who is qualified ...
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what is the correct use of “when vs If”?

Stop work and initiate emergency response when unplanned contact with a buried facility occurs. OR Stop work and initiate emergency response if unplanned contact with a buried facility occurs.
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Sequence of tenses in “When they do X, they do Y” structure

I got corrected when I said: When people heard the term "accounting graduate", they usually say "Do you work at a bank?". I was told to use "hear" instead of "heard". In this situation, why is "...
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Using Be or Being for initial word [closed]

I don't know which word is right for this sentence: Be at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him when his flight lands. or Being at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him when his flight lands. ...
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When and why can you omit “when” (or other conjunctions or prepositions) before a gerund clause that’s used adverbially?

I had a bad experience working there. Is that sentence correct, or must I write: I had a bad experience when working there. I had a bad experience while working there. or even: ...
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“when”: conjunction or adverb? [duplicate]

I have a question about the word when. I have read that it can be a conjunction or a relative adverb (either way, it joins two clauses together). Can I ask how do I differentiate between the two? A ...
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Is “when” a preposition?

I had to come up with an "edit-the-mistakes" worksheet for a Special Education student on-the-fly. One of my offerings was this sentence: When I was three years old I can tie my shoes. I had ...
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Relative pronouns “where” and “when”: where can they be omitted?

I know the "omitting-rules" regarding the relative pronouns who/which/that and whose. How does it work with where and when? In the first sentence I cannot omit where but I can easily omit when in the ...
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“When travelling in Australia, guidance is advised.” [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "When travelling in Australia, guidance is advised." It seems to me the subject is not matching the verb, as if "guidance is travelling".
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Somewhere, somewhat, somehow, some…day? [duplicate]

While talking to myself the other day, I noticed something odd. We have the five W words and the H: What When Where Who Why How I've heard three of these words said with "some" at the start: ...
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When should “dough” be used?

I've heard in many movies/songs, specially in American English, that they add to the end of sentences the word "dough". For instance: I won´t play today dough Could anyone give me a hint - what ...
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Do I need to use a comma in this sentence? [closed]

Which one is correct: When you see the image, scan it with the app. or When you see the image scan it with the app. (no comma)
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For when [insert phrase]

5 cakes you can eat for when you're trying to gain weight. Materials needed for when you build your time machine. Recommended surrender terms for when our planet is invaded. Word for when a writer ...
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'I will miss everyone when/if I leave my job.' Can the sentence with 'if' and the one with 'when' really mean the same?

A course book for learners of English I have to use (New Total English, Intermediate, Student's Book, page 57) says: 'For First Conditionals, we use when rather than if to show that something is ...
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Is it When or where in this sentence? [duplicate]

We all have a moment in our life where something happens and that change the course of our life.
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Is this “When doing something” sentence correct?

I was wondering if this sentence is okay: The algorithm is inspired by the indirect local communication among the individuals of a population of ants when (they are) searching for food ...
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What's the difference between when, as, and while? [closed]

I think choices 1, 2, and 3 are correct. Is there any difference? I saw a boy.........I was driving. 1)when     2)as      3)while   4)since Thanks
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When using a comma before when [closed]

When is correct to use a comma before when? I have read many examples and still don't understand when it is correct to have a comma before.
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“When” or “Where” when refering to scenario?

In a sentence like, "This bias may not be acceptable in all scenarios, especially where/when recall is important," which of where/when should be used?
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Comma usage: Sentence starting with “But”, sentential adverb, and followed by “when”

I have a sentence structured as follows in a scientific text. But, in particular, when doing A, the system cannot do B. I think all commas are formally required. However, for "But" in particular, ...
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How to change this to passive: No one knows when he has come into the room?

How can I change this sentence to a passive one? No one knows when he has come into the room. I feel it is probably wrong to say When he has come into the room is not known by anybody. (wrong) ...
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“We eat when I say we eat!”

"Quiet! We eat when I say we eat!" "OK, we wait for your say-so." Why can we omit the first "will" in sentences such as: "We will eat when I say so!" "We will eat, when I say 'we eat'!" "We ...
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Using “will” after “when” referring to the future [closed]

I'm going to send an email to a professor. There is a sentence that I think may be wrong because I'm not sure about using will after when, even though it obviously refers to the future. But ...
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What grammar rules are violated by “when you” statements?

For the past couple of years there has been a trend on twitter and facebook to post statuses with incomplete "when you" statements. These statements are intended to imply some unstated, but obvious ...
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Is “when” an adverb in this usage?

'When did you last see him?' In the above sentence, is "when" an adverb? If so, what word is it modifying?
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When / While + gerund

I would like to ask about two things Can both "while" and "when" be used with a gerund? Which one sounds better: "While ordering" or "when ordering" ? While ordering a taxi, reliability is very ...
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past perfect tense with when

"He had left the house when we arrived." I feel it is most certainly wrong, but I figured it's safer to ask the community here. To me it feels like it should be "He had already left the house when ...
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Can “when verb+ing” refer to an activity in the past?

A correct sentence would be: When they were designing the product, they paid attention to... Is this grammatically correct: When designing the product, attention was paid...
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Can I use “when” to start a sentence with the past progressive?

My class is working on the past progressive and the simple past, and I was wondering if I can use when instead of while for the following sentence While I was eating, the bell rang. When I was ...
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In temporal/time clauses, can you use the present continuous after the connector “when”?

The sentence in question (on the test I composed) is: Somehow, it seems to worry you when your parents _______ (grow) old. I expected my students to use the present simple because the present simple ...
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An era of intelligent machines where vs an era of intelligent machines when [duplicate]

I'm writing a essay and I haven't really studied or have had to use proper grammar in years now. For the following sentence: We are now in a era of intelligent machines where Amazon has drones and ...
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finish, is finished, have finished

Could you help me about this question? I am confused about how to use "finish" with "when". For example: When your class is finished, could you wait for me at the bank? When your ...
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“It will be the first time (that) I have flown to America.” Is the “that”-clause a relative clause?

It will be the first time (that) I have flown to America. The above example sentence is borrowed from this earlier post. Depending on context, there can be other variations as follows: It is the ...
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When you come back / when do you come back / when are you coming back? [closed]

I'm confused about the right way to ask this question: When you come back to London? When do you come back to London? When are you coming back to London? Which one should I use?
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Should I use “when” or “where” in this sentence? [closed]

I am glad to have met you on Wednesday last week where we discussed... OR: I am glad to have met you on Wednesday last week when we discussed...
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When & Progressive Tense

Well, the answer to the question I'm going to ask you might have seemed evident to me before but now after I've been thinking about it for some time I've got stuck. Here below ther're 4 sentences. A ...
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When to use double negatives in written English?

I have always been a little confused as to when to use double negatives when writing (I am unsure if this is what they are termed in English, it is the term used in Mathematics). E.g. when to use: ...
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Usage of “even when”

In my understanding, a sentence of the following form A requires B, something that may be difficult even when C means that A is difficult since a necessary condition B is difficult. While B ...