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    Nanatuha is offline Junior Member
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    Default As and While and Simultaneous expressions.

    Dear teachers.
    What is difference between these simultaneous expressions?
    (I guess someone might ask similar question before but the keyword is so common that I wasn't able to found out.)
    1.The earl had a meal as playing cards.
    2.The earl had a meal while playing cards.
    3.The earl had a meal playing cards.
    And the tense used in front and after is not corresponding in my sentence. Should I make them same tense?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: As and While and Simultaneous expressions.

    "while" means, at the same time as:

    2) The earl had a meal while playing cards.

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    Nanatuha is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: As and While and Simultaneous expressions.

    Thank you, Casiopea. And I discovered a profitable reference, too. It explained enough about what I wanted to know.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le...rnitv294.shtml
    But I got another problem... I'm afraid it's somewhat foolish question, though...
    I couldn't clearly get what your answer meant. Did you mean "while" is most preferable?

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    Default Re: As and While and Simultaneous expressions.

    That's correct, Nanatuha. Sentences 1. and 3. are ungrammatical (*). Sentences 2., with "while", is grammatical.

    1. *The earl had a meal as playing cards.
    2. The earl had a meal while playing cards.
    3. *The earl had a meal playing cards.

    All the best.

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    Nanatuha is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: As and While and Simultaneous expressions.

    Thank you much.

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    Default Re: As and While and Simultaneous expressions.

    You're welcome.

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