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I have a few questions regarding the use of some verbs after time constructions like "tan pronto como" or "en cuanto."

If I am saying....

Los domingos por la mañana vemos televisión. Tan pronto como __ , prendemos el televisor para ver nuestro programa favorito.

And I need to fill the blank with levantarse... would it be nos levantamos? I am confused because the action happens every sunday but is not past tense.

Another:

Algunos me dicen terco, pero yo siempre sigo luchando hasta que __ mis metas.

If I need to fill it with lograr do I place logro meaning "until I achieve" or the subjunctive? This also happens multiple times but it seems like the subjunctive could fit.

Last one:

Todos los veranos, Martin Y Felícita visitan a sus abuelos en México. Cuando ellos __ en la casa de sus abuelos.

I have to fill it with llegar. It seems like the present is the way to go (llegan) but it (again) happens multiple times.

Which form do I fill the blanks with?

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Tan pronto como NOS LEVANTAMOS, prendemos ... 'nosotros nos levantamos' may refer either the past or present, this case is the present.

2 use the subjunctive, 'hasta que logre' mis metas.

3 use llegan, it refers to the present

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In the second one, subjunctive is not right. Presente de indicativo, as DeStrangis said. –  machlas May 10 '13 at 9:17

Tan pronto como nos levantamos, prendemos el televisor

It's present tense, actually. And it's the same as in English ("as soon as we get up, we turn on..."), I think

Algunos me dicen terco, pero yo siempre sigo luchando hasta que logro mis metas

It's, again, present, your are not referring to an uncertain future event, but to a "present" certain event. Actually a series of events, but that series as a whole is in the present: it's not in the past nor in the future.

It would be different if you'd say:

yo seguiré luchando hasta que logre mi meta

Here the event is in the future, and is uncertain: subjunctive.

Todos los veranos, Martin Y Felícita visitan a sus abuelos en México. Cuando ellos llegan a la casa de sus abuelos.......

(it's "llegan a", not "llegan en"). The same as the previous ones: present. It refers to a repeated series of events that occurs, as a whole, in the present.

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Although there may be several options, you can just make the person and tense concordant with those of the previous verb, thus:

Los domingos por la mañana vemos televisión.

This is indicative present, first person plural. So we use indicative present, first person plural for levantarse:

en cuanto nos levantamos...

Another:

yo siempre sigo luchando...

This is present, first person singular, so

hasta que consigo

Whis is also present, first person singular.

Another:

Martin Y Felícita visitan...

present, third person plural

Cuando llegan a...

Again present, third person plural

See? it's easy!

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