Is this sentence construction grammatically correct?

Let me know when you were free.

  • I assume you mean what Maulik V thinks you mean. But, for what it's worth, the line sounds very poetic the way you wrote it. It sounds like it may be a lyric from a song. It's still incorrect English though. :) By the way, drop the second "is" from your question. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 6:42

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No! It should be...

Let me know when you are/will be free.

Here, the word let is used as to notify you when something happens in future (here, when that person is free). The verb were refers to past where future notification cannot happen in this context.

  • Inspector to a murder suspect : Where were you between 8-9 pm on xyz day?, Suspect : I've to look in my journal for that, it's at my home. Inspector : Let us know where you were during that period. Not ok? Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 8:00
  • @SparKotॐ Possible but then why dig rarest rare condition that even OP might not have thought? Ask yourself (without thinking every possibility in the language) what fits there? Let me know when you were/are free? The simple proof is... you had to built a story justifying were whereas if I put are, the sentence is quite clear.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 9:34
  • @MaulikV "when you will be free". The meaning of this sentence is asking the person when he/she will become free? for eg after sometime, or tommorrow . Is my understanding correct Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 4:57

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