He had to look for a job for months [when / after] dismissed

peptidoglycan

Senior Member
Turkish
He had to look for a job for months ------ dismissed from the factory.

A) when
B) after
C) before
D) by the time
E) upon


To me, A) when sounds OK. But reduction of adverb clauses sometimes may be somewhat complicated to non-natives. :)

He had to look for a job for months when dismissed from the factory. :tick:
He had to look for a job for months after dismissed from the factory. :cross:
He had to look for a job for months after BEING dismissed from the factory. :tick:
He had to look for a job for months upon dismissed from the factory. :cross:
He had to look for a job for months upon BEING dismissed from the factory. :tick:


What is your interpretation? Thanks.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    You're absolutely right: 'when' takes the reduced clause, but 'after' and 'upon' require the longer clauses. (I'd never noticed this before and have no idea why it's true. Language is weird.)
     
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