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    Need advice on using when or while? Thanks

    Question 1:

    I wonder if I should use WHEN or WHILE in the following sentence or both are acceptable. Thanks!

    Last week, ( when or while???) it was Christmas, I flew home to visit my parents.

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    It (rained or was raining??? ) while I was waiting for the bus.

    Many thanks for advising!

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    Re: Need advice on using when or while? Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by lklwkc View Post
    Question 1:

    I wonder if I should use WHEN or WHILE in the following sentence or both are acceptable. Thanks!

    Last week, ( when or while???) it was Christmas, I flew home to visit my parents.

    Question 2:

    It (rained or was raining??? ) while I was waiting for the bus.

    Many thanks for advising!
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Good morning.

    (1) One simple "rule" that often works is:
    (a) use "when" for shorter actions.
    (b)use "while" for longer actions.

    (2) Maybe (maybe!) your first sentence could be something like:
    Last week, when it was Christmas, I flew home to visit my parents.
    Perhaps you might consider: I flew home last week during Christmas to ....

    (3) Possibly your second sentence might be: It was raining while I waited for the bus.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: Need advice on using when or while? Thanks

    Also, if the rain started while you were waiting for the bus, you could say "It rained..."

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    Re: Need advice on using when or while? Thanks

    Thank your for your advice, Mr.Bhaisahab!!! Hope all is well on your side! =)

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    Re: Need advice on using when or while? Thanks

    Thank you for your advice, TheParser!!! Hope all is well on your side! =)

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    Re: Need advice on using when or while? Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by lklwkc View Post
    Thank you for your advice, TheParser!!! Hope all is well on your side! =)
    Thank YOU, lklwkc, for your kind note. The teachers and non-teachers are happy to answer questions from courteous posters like you. Have a nice day.

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    Re: Need advice on using when or while? Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by lklwkc View Post
    Thank your for your advice, Mr.Bhaisahab!!! Hope all is well on your side! =)
    You are very welcome.

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