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future or past? I have troubles with making correct sentence in the following context. I am going on vacation (in the future) and I am talking to a friend about it now. the phrase that I can't understand how to form is: "When I come back from my trip, I'll tell you how it was/how it is/how it would be/how it will be?" what is correct option?
Feb 12, 2018 12:12 PM
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"I'll tell you how it was" is the correct one.

This sentence is in the future simple tense: "will tell".

"How it was" refers to the fact that the vacation will be in the past when you tell your friend about it.
February 12, 2018


Short answer: "I'll tell you how it was".

Longer answer: Imagine a timeline. "When I come back from my trip" takes place further along the timeline. Now is your trip before, after, or at the same time as that point? Since the trip is something that (at the future point in time) you will have already finished, it in the past tense.

The other three (it is/will/should) all deal with time points at the same time or after; but if you have come back from the trip, normally it should already been done ! :)

In all, when in doubt, draw a timeline, and usually that should make things clearer :)

February 12, 2018
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