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    While

    Hi,

    Question:
    While is a conjunction.
    So sentence 1 is incorrect and sentence 2 is correct.
    Agree?


    Sentence1:
    While studying in the UK I had a girl friend.
    Sentence2:
    While studying in the UK, I had a girl friend.



    Thanks

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    Re: While

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    While is a conjunction.
    So sentence 1 is incorrect and sentence 2 is correct.
    Agree?


    Sentence1:
    I had a girl friend while studying in the UK.
    Sentence2:
    While studying in the UK, I had a girl friend.

    Thanks
    (Not a teacher)

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    Re: While

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
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    Hi,

    Can I ask you a further question?


    "While studying in the UK, I had a girl friend."

    A conjunction can join 2 sentences together.

    "I had a girl friend" is a sentence.
    "studying in the UK" is not a sentence.



    So, both sentence 1 and sentence 2 are wrong.


    Agree?


    Thanks

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    Re: While

    "While studying ..." is a reduced form of "While I was studying ..."
    Both of the sentences ticked in green above are correct.
    But change "girl friend" to "girlfriend".

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    Re: While

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Can I ask you a further question?


    "While studying in the UK, I had a girl friend."

    A conjunction can join 2 sentences together.

    "I had a girl friend" is a sentence.
    "studying in the UK" is not a sentence.



    So, both sentence 1 and sentence 2 are wrong.


    Agree?


    Thanks
    (Not a teacher)
    I agree with you that "while" is a conjunction.
    However, in your case, "while" is an adverbial clause of time"(subordinator) that modifies the main clause " had a girl friend".
    If the sentence is paraphrased as follows, "while" is a conjunction:
    I had a girlfriend while I was studying in the UK.
    (Maybe I am wrong. The knowledgeable teachers here will give you a better answer.)

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    Re: While

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    But change "girl friend" to "girlfriend".
    I checked the same and it seems both versions are possible.
    Girlfriend -> A boy's (or girl's ) girlfriend.
    Girl friend -> A boy's or girl's best female friend.

    Maybe I misunderstood it, though...

    Cheers!

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    Re: While

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I checked the same and it seems both versions are possible.
    Girlfriend -> A boy's (or girl's ) girlfriend.
    Girl friend -> A boy's or girl's best female friend.

    Maybe I misunderstood it, though...

    Cheers!
    I agree with the tautology that "girlfriend" means someone's girlfriend, and I think this is likely to be uktous's meaning.

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