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    Default usage of "when"

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    Could you please to give answers to the following questions?
    When I am going to say that "John found a wallet in the road during the time he was on his way to town." Which one of the following sentence can I use? If the both sentence are correct in grammar, is the problem in their emphasis?
    1. When John was on gis way to town, he found a wallet in the road.
    2. John was on his way to town when he hound a wallet in the road.
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    Default Re: usage of "when"

    Both are fine. The "during the time" is not natural though.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: usage of "when"

    Hi,

    If you wanted to stress the concept "during the time" in #1, I think you could also say "While John was on his way to town.."

    Alternatively, you could simply state "On his way to town, John found a wallet in the road".

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