Could you add this new order to my previous order please, so that I won't pay double postage (when I pay for the item added)

I am wondering which tense will be the best

future, present simple or present progressive

I think future is ok because I won't pay right now.

I don't think present would be ok.

I think that present progressive as future can not fit too since it is not an arrangement.

Am I right?

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    All of those tenses are correct and natural, and have the same meaning (assuming that by "future" you mean "will"-future). Surprisingly, it's not natural to use "be going to". I can't explain why any of this is true, or I'd make this an answer.
    – gotube
    Nov 8, 2023 at 18:24
  • English doe not have a future tense. The present tense "so that I won't pay double postage" is fine, though you could also say "so that I don't/won't have to pay double postage".
    – BillJ
    Nov 8, 2023 at 18:59

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You're right, present progressive isn't the best choice here, though I could imagine it being used. But a simpler sentence shows that either present or future is used with "so that":

I put cheese on my dog's pill so that he eats it


I put cheese on my dog's pill so that he will eat it


I put cheese on my dog's pill so that he is eating it

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