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  1. Senior Member
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    #1

    When/while I was writing

    Hi,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le...rnitv257.shtml

    while not when: We often prefer while to when to describe the longer action of two events or to talk about two longer actions that go on simultaneously:

    ''While I was writing my Christmas cards
    , the children were decorating the tree.''

    I know it says 'we often prefer while', I'd still like to ask if it is impossible to use when in the above sentence.

    ''When I was writing my Christmas cards, the children were decorating the tree.''

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: When/while I was writing

    No, it's not impossible at all!

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    #3

    Re: When/while I was writing

    ... but it's better to follow the advice given in the link.

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    Re: When/while I was writing

    A preference is not a rule.

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