# Willy has decided to retire....

What's the message of these sentences:

Willy decided to retire only after he secures his pension.

Willy has decided to retire only after he secures his pension.

Willy decides to retire only after he secures his pension.

Willy will decide to retire only after he secures his pension.

In all cases the fact of retirement will be in the future,

but the time of decision can be in the past, in the past with some consequences to the present (he still works), in the present or in the future.

And what about this: I sometimes feel that Willy decided, (has decided, decides, will decide) to retire only after he secures his pension. Does this little additional clause reduce the number of possibilities?

Willy decided to retire only after he secures his pension.

Willy has decided to retire only after he secures his pension.

Willy decides to retire only after he secures his pension.

Willy will decide to retire only after he secures his pension.

In all cases the fact of retirement will be in the future,

but the time of decision can be in the past, in the past with some consequences to the present (he still works), in the present or in the future.

And what about this: I sometimes feel that Willy decided, (has decided, decides, will decide) to retire only after he secures his pension. Does this little additional clause reduce the number of possibilities?

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30 Dec. 2008