Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Ashiuhto is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    1,037
    Post Thanks / Like

    crossing the street

    Please check out the following sentences. Which is better?

    (1) While (you are) crossing the street, you must be very careful.

    (2) When (you are) crossing the street, you must be very careful.

  2. #2
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    10,220
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: crossing the street

    I would say "when," but either is OK.

  3. #3
    Route21's Avatar
    Route21 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Thailand
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    938
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: crossing the street

    Hi Ashiuhto

    I agree with SoothingDave, with the addition of the following possible, subtle nuance, which may explain my, and SD's, preference:

    "Whilst" suggests whilst you are actually physically crossing the road.
    "When" tends to include the time before you cross the road - when, of course, you look both ways!

    Hope this helps
    R21

Similar Threads

  1. double crossing
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2009, 12:41
  2. [General] crossing the line = crossing the Rubicon = the die is cast?
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Dec-2008, 23:02
  3. with her legs crossed/ crossing?
    By optimistic pessimist in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2008, 09:56
  4. zebra crossing or...
    By zoobinshid in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-Jul-2005, 08:19
  5. walk the street, walked along the street
    By dcomest in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Jul-2005, 08:38

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •