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    Can we use while as a subordinating conjunction to introduce adverbial clauses of time with the Past Continuous?


    e.g.
    The prisoners escaped when the prison warders were eating their lunch.

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    Default Re: subordinating conjunction

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    Can we use while as a subordinating conjunction to introduce adverbial clauses of time with the Past Continuous?


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    The prisoners escaped when the prison warders were eating their lunch.
    It would be better with "while" than with "when".

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    Default Re: subordinating conjunction

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It would be better with "while" than with "when".
    Does it mean that "when" is good but "while" is better?

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    Default Re: subordinating conjunction

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    Does it mean that "when" is good but "while" is better?
    In my opinion, "when" is possible and "while" is much better.

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