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Examples:

Example 1

If I become a member of the rock band after tonight's audition is finished, I will practice playing the guitar with them tomorrow night.

Example 2

If I become a member of the rock band after tonight's audition will be finished, I will practice playing the guitar with them tomorrow night.

Question:

Because the audition is in the future, I wonder whether I should add "will" in that after-clause in example 2?

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    No, you should not. You could say after the audition has finished, though. You are talking about a time in the future when the audition will be in the past. Jun 30, 2021 at 8:44
  • @KateBunting Thank you for your reply. Are both "after the audition has finished" and "after the audition is finished" correct?
    – vincentlin
    Jun 30, 2021 at 8:46
  • Yes, I think both would be acceptable. Jun 30, 2021 at 9:21
  • This is "first conditional" structure. You can look it up
    – gotube
    Jul 2, 2021 at 22:36

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This is a classic example of how to use tenses in conditional sentences. Example one is correct, where first part is in present and the second part is in future.

"If I become a member of the rock band after tonight's audition is finished," this whole is considered as one condition on which the second condition is dependent.

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  • I think the term "conditional tense" here is confusing. English doesn't have a conditional tense in the proper tense (and the term "conditional tense" is used in some older grammars to refer to constructions with "would" specifically, which isn't applicable here). I think you should just say "a classic example of how to use tenses in conditional sentences".
    – rjpond
    Jun 30, 2021 at 10:51
  • @rjpond I guess you are right. I will rephrase it. Jun 30, 2021 at 11:20

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