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    #1

    Expression of duration of one thing while another is in progress

    Hello.

    I would like to ask If the following variants mean the same:

    1. The current was switched off for the duration of repairing the main supply cable.
    2. The current was switched off until the main supply cable was/had been repaired.
    3. The current was switched off (for) as long as the main supply cable was being repaired/under repairing.
    4. The current was switched off while the main supply cable was being repaired.
    5. The current was switched off (for) all the time the main supply cable was being repaired.


    Do you confirm that all the above sentence mean the same?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Expression of duration of one thing while another is in progress

    They all convey the same basic idea. For me, 1, 3, and 5 are unnatural. I find 2 and 4 to be the best.

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    Re: Expression of duration of one thing while another is in progress

    And I'd say that as well as unnatural, 1 was odious. If you mean while or as long as, say it.

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