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    Question While and when usage confusion

    Sentence: Doctors are obliged by law to keep patients alive while there is a chance of recovery.
    Q. Can we use 'when' in the place of 'while' in the above sentence?
    Q. When we should use 'when' and when we should use "while"?
    Please clarify my doubt. Thanks.

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    Re: While and when usage confusion

    I am not a teacher

    But as far as I know while means as long as the condition is true and when means when condition becomes true .
    Doctors are obliged by law to keep patients alive as long as there is a chance of their recover .



    so in "while" they were obligated as long as they felt that the patient can recover,so they have been thinking that the patient can recover thus they were obliged for the whole period of time.(Have been obligated as long as they felt there is a chance)
    and in "when" they suddenly realize that there is a chance of recovery so at that point they were obligated.(Obligated since they felt there is a chance).
    But again I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by gurpreetgill4u; 05-Aug-2015 at 06:51.

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    Re: While and when usage confusion

    Put simply, I think 'while' and 'when' means 'during the time' and 'as soon as' respectively, but I am not a teacher.

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