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Are these grammatically and sequentially correct tenses? Sequence of tenses with subordinating conjunction "after"?

  • He comes after I come.
  • He comes after I came.

Which is correct one?

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  • You should write better examples. Yours don't have enough information to understand what is happening (the context). For example, "He comes to the door after I come/came home." – user3169 Aug 24 '17 at 20:52
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  • He comes after I come. - Is a general thing he generally does. Whenever I come, he comes after me.
  • He comes after I came. - Is grammatically wrong since you can't use a completed past action with a present habit. The right structure in this case will be, "He came after I came." We place the whole action into the past making it a bygone event.
  • Are these have same meaning ?? Can we use these interchangeably?? 1)He comes after I come==He comes after me and 2) He comes before I come==He comes before me. – Nandy Aug 24 '17 at 11:54
  • @nandy Yes, He comes after I come**=**He comes after me and He comes before I come**=**He comes before me – SovereignSun Aug 24 '17 at 12:23
  • I remember there was "he comes after I have come" on which you did leave a comment. Maybe I'm mistaken, but if I'm not, was that a valid construction? – Lamplighter Aug 24 '17 at 22:07
  • @Rompey I asked whether somebody can give reference to whether it is grammatically correct. I never met it before I saw it here just yesterday. – SovereignSun Aug 25 '17 at 4:45
  • He knows that I came. Is this sentence correct with past simple subordinate clause? – Nandy Aug 25 '17 at 7:29
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While the first sentence is grammatically correct, it wouldn't be common to use this with come, and especially not using the present tense. You might use a different verb when talking about instructions or plans of some kind:

A: During the ceremony, when does John enter the room?
B: He enters after I enter.
A: And when do you come in?
B: I come in after Beth comes in.

It would not be logical to use the past tense, as in your second example, but you can use the past perfect:

B: He will enter after I have entered.

However, you would not ordinarily repeat the verb. Instead simply use "have":

B: He will enter after I have.

or omit the second verb altogether:

B: He will enter after me.


Point of interest: The verb "to come" is a synonym for "to have an orgasm". In this context, He comes after I come, could make perfect sense -- although probably not what you meant when you wrote it.

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