"I can wait until when you have time."

I mean I can wait for you, until whenever you have time for me. Is that the right way to say it?

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    @Max: It's quite clear what Serafina is asking. Her English is not as good as yours; that's why she's here. Show a little charity.
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  • @TonyK I was responding from the review queue. This post was flagged as low quality, so I was hoping to remedy that by having OP post as clearly and as many details as possible. Please, everyone… details. Please
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  • @Max: this question is crystal clear: Is the given sentence correct, or does it sound strange to a native English speaker? No more details are necessary.
    – TonyK
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 0:41
  • @Max I think pulling the title into the body of the question should make it more clear. Welcome to ELL Serafina - it helps us write better answers if we understand a little more about why you are unsure whether something sounds strange. Is there a particular word or phrase that's bothering you in your sentence?
    – ColleenV
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 0:41

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Yes, it sounds weird. Correct is

I can wait until you have time.

The word until plays two roles. It can be a preposition, which takes a noun or a noun phrase:

Stay at home until Thursday.
Wait until the first snows of winter.

Or it can be a conjunction, joining two finite clauses:

We will fight until we die.
I can wait until you have time.

But it can't take an adverbial phrase. So these are wrong:

I can wait until when you have time.
Stay at home until on Thursday.

I hope this is clear! As a bonus, the words before and after follow the same rules as until.

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