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pash
09-28-2006, 03:03 AM
Why can't we say "When I will be forty,..."?

Medievalist
09-28-2006, 03:26 AM
Who the heck says we can't? It depends on context.

When I will be forty, my husband will be fifty.

Jamesaritchie
09-28-2006, 04:59 AM
Because it's horrible grammar and really has no meaning. "When" and "will be" are contradictory. When I am forty is fine, and when will I be forty is fine. When I will be forty doesn't make any sense.

pash
09-28-2006, 09:00 PM
Because it's horrible grammar and really has no meaning. "When" and "will be" are contradictory. When I am forty is fine, and when will I be forty is fine. When I will be forty doesn't make any sense.

I see. So one cancels out the other, right?

Kentuk
09-29-2006, 09:21 AM
When I will be, its still not over
and what I want to be is still to come.

pash
09-29-2006, 04:19 PM
When I will be, its still not over
and what I want to be is still to come.

Understood. Thanks.

So we can say "when I will be done with the dishes, I'll..." , can we?