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    Using "when"?

    Could you please tell me if the following sentences are the same?
    She came when I was cooking.
    I was cooking when she came.
    I see the second is often used but what about the first? (in my language, they are the same).
    Thank you so much!
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    Re: Using "when"?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Could you please tell me if the following sentences are the same?
    1. She came when I was cooking.
    2. I was cooking when she came.
    I see the second is often used but what about the first? (in my language, they are the same).
    Thank you so much!
    No, they are different. I'll assume you mean "the same in meaning", because they are obviously different sentences in that they use different words in a different order.
    Here's one difference:
    "When did she come?" cannot be answered by 2.

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    Re: Using "when"?

    In English, the order in which we place the words in a sentence often
    responds to what we consider to be the most important point in a question.

    "She came when I was cooking," answers the question, "When did she come?"

    "I was cooking when she came," answers the question, "What were you doing when she came?"

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