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21 August 2018

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I will do this after I wash my hands. Will do is future, wash is present why do I need to use the past tense for wash. The sentence I am setting up future after present tense and the present tense is "past" relative to the future tense

This question relates to:
French lesson "Après avoir fait = After doing (auxiliary avoir)"


Kwiziq community member

23 August 2018


Hi peter,

What can I say, in French people think differently when it comes to tenses. The English correspondence (though not entirely correct) would be: 

I'll do this after having washed my hands. -- Je ferai ça après avoir lavé les mains. 

Aprés usually asks for some kind of past tense when using it with a verb. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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