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I have a friend learning English: He said he would usually use, “ As soon as I earn money, I will get a car.”. Yet, someone told him to use, “As soon as I have earnt money, I will get a car.”.

I tried to explain it to him. But which would you use, and why? Which looks better, if either matters?

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    Do you mean to say "earn money"? Or do you mean to say "earn enough money"? Saying "earn money" seems odd to me.
    – Kman3
    Sep 7 '20 at 3:28
  • I just wrote it how they wrote it to me. Thanks.
    – quest
    Sep 7 '20 at 22:46
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While “earnt” is allowed, “earned” is much more common. More detail here.

I would also add “enough”:

  • As soon as I earn enough money, I will get a car.
  • As soon as I have earned enough money, I will get a car.

While I have a slight preference for the latter, either is fine; they mean exactly the same thing to me.

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