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    #1

    while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    - 'While/Where' Charles' teachers were concerned, there was nothing they could do to help him.

    I would use 'Where' but I note that 'While' was used instead in the above sentence.

    Are both words interchangeable in this sentence or is my choice of words incorrect?

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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/while_1 Definition#4
    I think 'while' in your sentence refers to the above definition, so it could not be replaced with 'where', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'while' in your sentence refers to the above definition, so it could not be replaced with 'where', but I am not a teacher.
    That's illogical. Proving that one word is appropriate doesn't imply that all other words are inappropriate.

    I'd use "Although, Whereas, Even though ..."

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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Proving that one word is appropriate doesn't imply that all other words are inappropriate.
    I think the definition can prove that 'where' is not among the appropriate words, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the definition can prove that 'where' is not among the appropriate words, but I am not a teacher.
    Where is possible in the original sentence. The sentence would then convey the rather different meaning of - 'As far as Charles' teachers were concerned, there was nothing they could do to help him".

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    #6

    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    Both words could be used with very different meanings.
    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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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    Many thanks for all your replies

    In this case, using 'while" --> 'While Charles' teachers were concerned, there was nothing they could do to help him', should there be a preceding sentence that entail the use of 'while' in this sentence?

    What meaning does the sentence convey when 'while' is used?

    Piscean was right about my intention in using 'where' -->
    'As far as Charles' teachers were concerned, there was nothing they could do to help him".

    Appreciate all your teachings!

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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    I like, "As far as' Charles' teachers were concerned, there was nothing they could do to help him" or "Although Charles' teachers were concerned, there was nothing they could do to help him" depending on the intended meaning. I wouldn't use "while" or where.

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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    I would use "where" in addition to the other suggestions.

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    Re: while or where charles' teachers were concerned...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the definition can prove that 'where' is not among the appropriate words, but I am not a teacher.
    I don't see how. You can't look up 'while' and decide that it's an appropriate word for what you want, and then claim that it therefore proves that 'where' is not right. But I'm willing to learn. Where on that page is 'where' ruled out? What are the intermediate steps from finding out that 'while' works to judging that 'where' is inappropriate?
    Last edited by Raymott; 14-Aug-2015 at 17:46. Reason: fix a word

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