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Hi Caro,

"When she gets angry, she becomes red in the face." For this sentence what comes to mind is, Quand elle se fâche, elle rougit,
yet I remember something about using the future tense with quand when the English is in the present tense. Is my translation acceptable?

Mike

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Hi Mike,

Your sentence is ok. You can also say : quand elle se fâche/ s'énerve, elle devient toute rouge.

You are right for the future but this is not the case in this sentence.
consider the sentence : She will leave the office when the work is done = elle quittera le bureau quand le travail sera fait. In English, future in 1st part / present in 2nd part of the sentence. In French there is future tense in both parts of the sentence.

In your sentence, it is a habit, present tense (like in English).
I hope this helps

cheers

Caro  

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