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    "Well, if you were in this White House and you had seen the reaction in the public and in the press to the idea that Dan Quayle would be acting President for a few minutes during when they were going to give that shock treatment for the irregular heartbeat, I think probably if you were sitting in that White House, you wouldn't want to do that unless you had to."

    Is it correct to say "during when"? What would it come close in meaning to?

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    Default Re: during when

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Well, if you were in this White House and you had seen the reaction in the public and in the press to the idea that Dan Quayle would be acting President for a few minutes during when they were going to give that shock treatment for the irregular heartbeat, I think probably if you were sitting in that White House, you wouldn't want to do that unless you had to."

    Is it correct to say "during when"? What would it come close in meaning to?
    No, it's not correct. I suppose it's trying to say "during the time that", it's a very badly written piece.

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    Default Re: during when

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Well, if you were in this White House and you had seen the reaction in the public and in the press to the idea that Dan Quayle would be acting President for a few minutes during when they were going to give that shock treatment for the irregular heartbeat, I think probably if you were sitting in that White House, you wouldn't want to do that unless you had to."

    Is it correct to say "during when"? What would it come close in meaning to?
    No, and 'in the process of as' [i.e. nonsense]

    Here you could say 'Dan Quayle would be acting President for a few minutes during the time when they were going to give that shock treatment ' or '...during the operation on...' or 'while they were operating on...'. The word 'during' must be followed by a period (say, 'the time when X') or an event (say 'the operation').

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