Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Sep 2006
    • Posts: 575
    #1

    while

    I wonder if there is any difference between "while(1)" and "while(2)".
    1. You might as well enjoy your money while you’ve got it.
    2. Would you look after the children while I do the shopping?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • France

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 620
    #2

    Re: while

    Hello, I am not a teacher,

    but for me it is the same meaning.Maybe are you talking about the grammar use.

    See you later.

  1. anupumh's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 1,110
    #3

    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if there is any difference between "while(1)" and "while(2)".
    1. You might as well enjoy your money while you’ve got it.
    2. Would you look after the children while I do the shopping?
    The first sentence is a suggestion for a hypothetical situation.
    Second sentence is a request.

    The usage of while refers to the time in the second sentence and can be replaced by meanwhile or meantime.

    Would you look after the children, meanwhile/in the meantime I do the shopping?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,626
    #4

    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if there is any difference between "while(1)" and "while(2)".
    1. You might as well enjoy your money while you’ve got it.
    2. Would you look after the children while I do the shopping?
    There is no difference in meaning, in both cases "while" means "during the time that".


    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 2,036
    #5

    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if there is any difference between "while(1)" and "while(2)".
    1. You might as well enjoy your money while you’ve got it.
    2. Would you look after the children while I do the shopping?

    In both sentences "while" means during a given or specified time. However, "while" in the first sentence refers to a time that is more indefinite and could be prolonged or is likely prolonged, whereas "while" in the second sentence obviously refers to a time with clear limitations that is not expected to continue indefinitely.


    1. You might as well enjoy your money while you’ve got it. - a longer and less definite time

    2. Would you look after the children while I do the shopping? - a specific, definite time


    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 2,036
    #6

    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    The first sentence is a suggestion for a hypothetical situation.
    Second sentence is a request.

    The usage of while refers to the time in the second sentence and can be replaced by meanwhile or meantime.

    Would you look after the children, meanwhile/in the meantime I do the shopping?
    Meanwhile and meantime can't replace "while" in the second sentence. In the second sentence "while' is a conjunction, and "meantime" and "meanwhile" do not function as conjunctions.

    meantime - noun
    meanwhile - adverb
    while - adverbial conjunction
    while - for a little while - noun
    He checks his email while drinking coffee every morning. - preposition

    There's nothing hypothetical about the first sentence. The person the speaker is addressing really has money and really can enjoy it. There's no place to consider "if", as in "if you have money ..." or "if you had money ...".

    You have money, so why not enjoy it?

    Yes, you're right. I might as well enjoy it while I have it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •