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  1. B45
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    Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    Chaminade is the school my daughter goes to. I say to my friend:

    Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    She graduated a while back.


    Is this correct?

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Chaminade is the school my daughter
    goes to.
    went to/attended. I say to my friend:

    Jasmine, had to wear a uniform
    when
    while she was at Chaminade.

    She graduated a while back.


    Is this correct?
    Omit the comma.

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Omit the comma.
    Jasmine had to wear a uniform while she was at Chaminade.

    Why while rather than when?

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    I would use 'while,' as it refers to the period of time that she was there. 'When' is a more specific time.

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I would use 'while,' as it refers to the period of time that she was there. 'When' is a more specific time.
    Which one would be better here:

    I moved around a lot when/while I was growing up.

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    I would use 'while', though I'm sure that 'when' is frequently heard.

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    I am not a teacher.

    I agree with, "while I was growing up" but not with, "while she was at Chaminade".

    Even though in both cases there is a period of time involved I would definitely use "when" when talking about school.

    I might say, "While I was at school there was a fire at my house." but I would always say "I had to wear a uniform when I was at school."

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    That's interesting. I would more likely say "When I was at school there was a fire at my house" and "I had to wear a uniform while I was at school."

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, that is interesting, but what I had in mind was, "On a particular occasion, while I was at school, this, that and the other happened."

    Would you still use 'when' there?

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    Re: Jasmine, had to wear a uniform when she was at Chaminade.

    I tend to use "when" for a specific time and "while" for a duration. The fire occurred at a point in time. The uniforms were worn daily over a period of time.

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