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    Default While I don't like to exercise

    Which do you think is more proper among the following?
    exercise or to exercise?

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    1. I don't like exercise(to exercise) while I like sleeping.
    2. While I don't like to exercise, I like sleeping.

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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    Neither is very natural. People who don't like exercise (noun), exercising (verb, gerund) or to exercise (verb, to- infinitive), frequently like sleeping/to sleep.

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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    All the examples for the usage of "while" for a final term of a middle school were like this, and I was at a loss if placing "while" only in the second clause is proper. Maybe either way makes sense whether you place in the beginning or in the second clause?

    1. My sister like watching TV while she doesn't like reading books.
    2. This medicine works fast while it has side effects.
    3. He has few friends while his sister has many friends.

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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    All the examples for the usage of "while" for a final term of a middle school were like this, and I was at a loss if placing "while" only in the second clause is proper. Maybe either way makes sense whether you place in the beginning or in the second clause?

    1. My sister like watching TV while she doesn't like reading books.
    2. This medicine works fast while it has side effects.
    3. He has few friends while his sister has many friends.
    "while" is not very natural in those examples, "but" would be much better.

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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    Once again, 'but' would be more natural, especially in the first two. A fairly crude suggestion is that you don't use 'while' as a contraster unless you could use 'on the one hand ...on the other hand' as an alternative.
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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    I often find whilst to be a better conjunction than while in this sort of context:

    'Whilst this medicine works fast, it has unpleasant side-effects'.

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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    I never doubted that "while" should come in the beginning of a sentence, but this writing got me into confusion. I don't know how to judge this. What do you think?

    ex)Throughout a young person's school years, there is always a "top" crowd that sets the standard, while others follow its lead. Whatever the top crowd does, it seems that everyone else also must do. While this is usually harmless, that is not always the case...
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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    Maybe this example is a rare one, but I have seem to have seen such structures. What do you think?

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    Default Re: While I don't like to exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Maybe this example is a rare one, but I have seem to have seen such structures. What do you think?
    'While' can come before eeither clause.

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