Julie, there are two main parts to this statement.
PRESENT: we are saving money - estamos ahorrando dinero
CONNECTOR: for - para
FUTURE: when we are old - cuando seamos viejos
As you can see, the continuous present is used in the PRESENT part because it is what they are doing now, and not in the FUTURE part.
Thank you for answering but í am still confused - I'll try to explain
i thought if you used the present tense then you didn't use the subjunctive after cuando
estamos ahorrando dinero para cuando somos viejos
In the sentence below the going on holidays to Tenerife really happens.
my point being getting old really happens
Could it not be
estamos ahorrando dinero para cuando seremos viejos
Am I just going to have to learn this variation?
many thanks in advance
i'm an idiot!!
I get it now - so sorry for being dumb. I blame my old age
Just want to point out:
"Cuando voy de vacaciones a Tenerife me hospedo en el hotel Olimpia." refers to a repeated action that happens regularly.
So it's a different case than the future expression "cuando seremos viejos". In this latter case, we know it's going to happen, but it still hasn't happened yet.
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