… depends on when you retire/will retire

HenryTsang

Member
China-Mandarin
Hi,

1. "How the bank invests your money depends on when you retire".
2. "How the bank invests your money depends on when you will retire".

My English tutor says that the first one is the best, but that the second one is not wrong either, just less common.

I would just like to make sure with the native speakers here.

Thank you in advance.

HT
 
  • I agree with your tutor. Pattern one, using the simple present is much more common, and I think they call it "the implied future."

    Pattern two is possible but almost sounds a bit redundant with the inclusion of will, since that is already understood by its exclusion.:)
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Since investing your money depends on plans you have already made for your retirement, I would prefer "...when you are due to retire" or "...when you are going to retire".
     

    HenryTsang

    Member
    China-Mandarin
    Since investing your money depends on plans you have already made for your retirement, I would prefer "...when you are due to retire" or "...when you are going to retire".
    Velisarius, I just wanted to make sure that you can use "will" in such constructions, that's all. Both my tutor and Dale Texas say that it is correct, so that's good.
     
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