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I'd like to know if it is possible to use present perfect or past simple in the following sentence:

After I finish my work, I leave my workplace and go home.

Are either of these acceptable?

After I have finished my work, I leave my workplace and go home

After I finished my work, I leave my workplace and go home

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    If you keep "leave my workplace" and "go home" (both present tense) then it's inappropriate to change "finish" to anything else. – Andrew Leach Jul 1 '17 at 14:53
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Several tenses are possible here. Here are a few, ordered from simple and frequent to cumbersome and rare:

  1. After I finish my work, I leave my workplace.

  2. After finishing my work, I leave my workplace.

  3. After I've finished my work, I leave my workplace.

  4. After having finished my work, I leave my workplace.

It's "leave" in present tense that demands that the previous verb, "finish", have some connection to the present, whether it be in simple present or a gerund. But the general structure of the sentence "After X, then Y" guarantees that they more or less all mean the same thing.

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