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    #1

    When/Once/Just as/As

    Hello.
    Please, could someone explain the differences between these time conjunctions to me?
    Here is an example:
    1. When I came home, I prepared the supper.
    2. Once I came home, I prepared the supper.
    3. Just as I came home, I prepared the supper.
    4. As I came home, I prepared the supper.
    How does altering the conjunction change the meaning of the sentence?

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    #2

    Re: When/Once/Just as/As

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Hello.
    Please, could someone explain the differences between these time conjunctions to me?
    Here is an example:
    1. When I came home, I prepared the supper.
    2. Once I came home, I prepared the supper.
    3. Just as I came home, I prepared the supper.
    4. As I came home, I prepared the supper.
    How does altering the conjunction change the meaning of the sentence?
    Only #1 is a natural sentence.

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    Re: When/Once/Just as/As

    Thanks. Is it possible to explain nuances between the conjunctions anywise? I have not found anything on the subject on the internet.
    Last edited by Mr.Lucky_One; 10-Aug-2013 at 09:50.

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    #4

    Re: When/Once/Just as/As

    We can all learn something from this remarkable forum. I've just learnt a new word — anywise — and I quite like it!

    Try clicking on Reference near the top of the page, then Grammar Glossary and Conjunctions.

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    #5

    Re: When/Once/Just as/As

    I've got one more sentence.
    As soon as/Just as we got home, it rained.
    Which conjunction is more appropriate in a sentence like this?

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    #6

    Re: When/Once/Just as/As

    In the first, you made it in the door without getting wet.
    In the second, the walk from the car to the house may have been wet.

    Just my feeling. Others may disagree.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: When/Once/Just as/As

    Thanks. I don't want to be very irksome, but still here is a next sentence: "I slipped on the ice as I ran home.".
    I'd like to understand how to interprete it correctly. I have two interpretations of it. They are below.
    1. I slipped on the ice when I ran home.
    2. I slipped on the ice while I was runnig/ran home.
    Which one reflects the meaning of the original sentence most accurately? Or perhaps both of them do?

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    #8

    Re: When/Once/Just as/As

    You slip once. You run for a while. Neither of yours sound quite right.
    I slipped on the ice when I was running home.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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