+0
By the time we get to the cinema, the film……..

1) Will start

2) Starts

3) Had started

4) Will have started
+1

The more idiomatic pattern is to use a perfect tense with a "by the time" clause with implications of an expected future achievement. You need 4).

By the time the project concludes this fall, he will have traveled to 15 cities.
By the time the playoffs arrive, United will have played a team-record 47 games.
By the time the sale is made, the Wrigley Field ivy will have turned a deep red.
By the time the towers are completed, the economy will have rebounded.
By the time she gets her flight tonight, she'll have waited in Logan for 12 hours.

CJ

Comments  
Either 1) or 4) sounds fine. 4) sounds better than 1).
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies

1

 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.
CalifJimThe more idiomatic pattern is to use a perfect tense with a "by the time" clause with implications of an expected future achievement. You need 4).

Could number 1 be possible to use in the sentence as well?

Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
fire1Could number 1 be possible to use be used in the sentence as well?

Yes, but it's not as idiomatic.

CJ

had started
green towel 392 had started

Your answer is wrong.

Maybe you don't realize it, but you are answering a question that was asked and answered many years ago (2011).

Why not answer questions that are more recent? That way there's a better chance that the person who asked the question is still participating on our forum and can benefit from your answer.

And please don't post wrong answers.

Thread locked.

CJ

Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?