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    mahmoud m is offline Newbie
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    Grammar

    Hellocan I use while insted of when?If yes, give me examples, please.Thanks a lotBye

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by mahmoud m View Post
    Hellocan I use while insted of when?If yes, give me examples, please.Thanks a lotBye
    Think of the difference here:

    I was at the gate when the bell rang (and ran into school).

    I was at the gate while the bell rang (but she didn't arrive).

    "when" is a specific point in time and and "while" has some duration.

    I'd say it's perfectly acceptable to say "It happened when I was at school" or "It happened while I was at school" but they are not the quite the same. The first tells you something else about the time of a specific event i.e. you were at school at the time it occurred. The second locates the event within the time you spent at school.

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