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I had not seen that film when I was a kid, even if at that time it was very popular, I would see it later when I would be an adult

Just would like to know if would is correct, I think so: when i was a kid it was future but now that I am an adult it is not future any more it was future in the past . But if the author was still a kid he would say I will see it when I am an adult not when I will be an adult so was may be better

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    Who told you that English has a conditional tense? – BillJ Aug 26 '19 at 12:14
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The context of this sentence is that you are speaking as an adult, looking back on your youth. In this situation, because you are still an adult, it would be more idiomatic to say when I became an adult. To use when I was an adult suggests that you are no longer an adult although this construction might be used in some contexts.

Would be an adult.... doesn't work at all. You are reflecting on the past and the natural tense in this context is the past tense, as in became or when I grew up.

The sentence might be rephrased as:

I did not see that film when I was a kid, even though at that time it was very popular; I saw it later when I became an adult.

Simply to say I saw it later is matter of factual, a bit prosaic. The construction I would see it later... is also fine. It has a slightly different nuance, suggesting that you had the opportunity to see it later when you were an adult.

Note that you need a semi-colon or full stop (instead of a comma) to separate the two halves of your statement.

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  • why is not possible to use past perfect(had seen) because at the time of writing i have seen that film so when I was a kid I had not seen it (yet) – user5577 Aug 26 '19 at 14:11
  • @user5577 You can use it if you prefer. The choice of past or past perfect is frequently just a matter of preference. Note that the period when you did not see the film coincides with your youth. It did not occur before you were a kid. – Ronald Sole Aug 26 '19 at 14:14
  • So it could be understood as he had not seen the film before he was a kid so in this case past simple is better to clarify the meaning – user5577 Aug 26 '19 at 14:24
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I had not seen that film when I was a kid, even if at that time it was very popular, I would see it later when I would be an adult

Just would like to know if would is correct, I think so: when i was a kid it was future but now that I am an adult it is not future any more it was future in the past .


Basically your assumption is correct however the sentence needs a little alteration

I had not seen that film when I was a kid, even if at that time it was very popular, I would see it later when I would be an adult.

Here lets remove some clutter at the start of the statement, also I think to clarify things we need to say at what time you will see the film. As an adult.

As a kid, I had not seen the film, even though it was very popular, but I would see it later as an adult..

You are talking as if you are in the past looking to what will happen in the future so the use of the modal verb would is required.

My Answer is would is correct.

As a kid, I had not seen the film, even though it was very popular, but I "would" see it later as an adult.


would modal verb (FUTURE) C.E. Dictionary used to refer to future time from the point of view of the past:

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