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By the time the children get home from track practice, their mother will have finished putting new wallpaper in their bedroom.
• will have finished
• will be finishing
• will finish
• would have finished
• would be finishing

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Re: will/would [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 14:07
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would indicates either
1) past tense of will
or 2) "conditional" form (i.e., the event is not expected to happen)
both forms are NOT applicable here. for 2), we don't have reasons to suspect/expect that mother's putting of the wallpaper is some hypothetical event.

so when you say "By the time the children get home," you need to indicate a future perfect tense: "will have + past participle"

this signals that an action/event (i.e., mother's putting of wallpaper) will be completed sometime in the future BEFORE another future event (by the time children get home).

think of T = 0 present
T = 1 (future) is mother's putting of wallpaper
and T = 2 (even more distant future) is children get home

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Re: will/would [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2010, 12:55
I went for D :(

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Re: will/would [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2010, 13:16
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Re: will/would [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2010, 17:56
Nice explanation adalfu.
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Re: will/would [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2010, 19:13
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would indicates either
1) past tense of will
or 2) "conditional" form (i.e., the event is not expected to happen)
both forms are NOT applicable here. for 2), we don't have reasons to suspect/expect that mother's putting of the wallpaper is some hypothetical event.

so when you say "By the time the children get home," you need to indicate a future perfect tense: "will have + past participle"

this signals that an action/event (i.e., mother's putting of wallpaper) will be completed sometime in the future BEFORE another future event (by the time children get home).

think of T = 0 present
T = 1 (future) is mother's putting of wallpaper
and T = 2 (even more distant future) is children get home

hope that helps!


thanks for the explanation.

I understand now. It should be future perfect following the present tense.. and hence 'will have finished'..

thanks again +1 for you
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