1. ## when x while

1 She arrived WHILE/WHEN I was having breakfast
2 I was having breakfast WHEN (not while) she arrived
3 I was having breakfast WHILE (not when) Bill was sleeping
Is my understanding of the use of WHILE/WHEN right?

2. ## Re: when x while

Originally Posted by beachboy
1 She arrived WHILE/WHEN I was having breakfast
2 I was having breakfast WHEN (not while) she arrived
3 I was having breakfast WHILE (not when) Bill was sleeping
Is my understanding of the use of WHILE/WHEN right?
Yes.

3. ## Re: when x while

could you please explain rules of using of "when" and "while

4. ## Re: when x while

Originally Posted by basaksucan
could you please explain rules of using of "when" and "while

NOT A TEACHER

When = shorter actions.

While = longer actions.

I was riding my bike when I fell down.
I fell down while I was riding my bike.

Explanation: the shorter action (fell down) interrupted the longer action

(was riding).

I was reading when the telephone rang.
The telephone rang while I was reading.

Explanation: the telephone ringing is the shorter action.

Source: British Council -- English Online, "When and While."

5. ## Re: when x while

Originally Posted by beachboy
1 She arrived WHILE/WHEN I was having breakfast
2 I was having breakfast WHEN (not while) she arrived
3 I was having breakfast WHILE (not when) Bill was sleeping
Is my understanding of the use of WHILE/WHEN right?
Yes, I guess it's ok.
Regards from B.A.-Argentina.

6. ## Re: when x while

Originally Posted by TheParser
NOT A TEACHER

When = shorter actions.

While = longer actions.

I was riding my bike when I fell down.
I fell down while I was riding my bike.

Explanation: the shorter action (fell down) interrupted the longer action

(was riding).

I was reading when the telephone rang.
The telephone rang while I was reading.

Explanation: the telephone ringing is the shorter action.

Source: British Council -- English Online, "When and While."
Hello, TheParser.

It seems like many people don't follow this rule anymore. Espceially, I've read on many occasions that people simply follow when with a longer action. Although I've rarely seen cases vice versa.

I am not a native speaker. Could you please tell me whether this is a general trend or not?

Thanks

Richard

7. ## Re: when x while

Originally Posted by cubezero3
Hello, TheParser.

It seems like many people don't follow this rule anymore. Espceially, I've read on many occasions that people simply follow when with a longer action. Although I've rarely seen cases vice versa.

I am not a native speaker. Could you please tell me whether this is a general trend or not?

Thanks

Richard
Hello, Richard.

I am not qualified to tell you whether or not people follow

this rule.

Hopefully, one of the practicing teachers or writers will clarify this

matter for us.

Thank you

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