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    #1

    Red face while, as or both

    Hi,

    I'd like to ask a question.

    I have found two sentences in the TED video and it is not clear to me why he used in the first sentence "as" and why in the second
    sentence "while".

    These are the two sentences:

    Have you ever seemed to lose your airplane ticket a thousand times as you walked from the check-in to the gate?

    Have you ever stared at your phone smiling like an idiot while texting with someone?

    Thank you,
    Iren

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    #2

    Re: while, as or both

    It seems to just be personal choice. As you can see from the two sentences, "as" is followed by "you walked" but "while" is followed by "texting". "As" and "While" are not interchangeable in these sentences, unless you change other words in the construction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: while, as or both

    For me, "while" could be used in both sentences, but "as" only works in the first.

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