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    #1

    when he wrote a poem

    1-He smoked a cigar when he wrote a poem.

    Can't this sentence have two meanings:
    a-He smoked a cigar after he wrote a poem.
    b-He smoked a cigar while he wrote a poem.

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    #2

    Re: when he wrote a poem

    I don't see "a" there.

    The second one works for me.

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    #3

    Re: when he wrote a poem

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    I don't see "a" there.
    Do you see it in 'He smoked a cigar when he had written a poem'?

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    Re: when he wrote a poem

    I would prefer, "He smoked a cigar after he had written a poem."

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