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What shoud we write before "visit''and before 'from''? The sequence of tenses

need help with the sentence He told me that he will/would visit them when he returns/returned from China I think the correct variant is: He told me that he would visit them when he returns from ...
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future in the past + adverbial clause

I would like to ask a question about the future in the past and the adverbial clause used in the sentence which indicates the future. I know we can indicate future in the past, for example by using "...
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Future in the past: was/were going to or would + infinitive

Use was going to, were going to or would + infinitive. He knew he _____ (be / late) for the meeting, but he didn't phone to tell the others. I am really confused and I don't know how to complete ...
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Future in the past + adverbial clauses which indicate time or condition

I've seen the following examples in my textbook so far. He said that his son would graduate from college next spring. He said that he might come tomorrow. I wonder that if a clause which ...
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What does why would I do it mean in this context?

I've often heard people saying this. And even I say it when someone accuses me of doing something that I didn't do. I'd say: Why would I do that? But what's the grammar behind it? Is it future ...
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Is “He spoke about that afternoon for days to come” a correct sentence?

The Longman Dictionary has a sentence: He spoke about that afternoon for days to come. It struck me as odd, because it seems to me "for years/days to come" can only refer to time in the future. ...
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Distinguish Past Future Perfect tense from subjunctive mood?

As the title says. Both tenses seem to make sense in this sentence. If the rain had stopped sooner, I would have gone out for a walk. To me, they look no different, and so do all the online ...
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future in the past or would have+ past participle?

"He would have never dreamed that he would get the grant or that he would have got the grant ? " which is correct? according to most grammars only the first is correct(future i the past) but I gather ...
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How to say “have to” in future from past perspective?

Imagine I have learned CPR and one of my close relatives say my Uncle has choked on something and needs CPR. Would i say this : I didn't know that i would have to put my CPR training to test (...
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What is the meaning of 'would' in “I was always told that only time would heal the pain”

I was always told that only time Would heal the pain (source: #lyrics: until you were gone) To me it sounds like it is related to willpower Like she was told that time had potential to heal or the ...