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    #1

    The word "while" and "when" used as the meaning of "but"

    Tom is very extrovert and confident while Katy's shy and quiet.




    Can I replace "while" with "when"?
    Can these two words replace each others anytime when used as the meaning of "but"?

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    #2

    Re: The word "while" and "when" used as the meaning of "but"

    You cannot use 'when' in that sense.

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    Re: The word "while" and "when" used as the meaning of "but"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You cannot use 'when' in that sense.

    They only have three cakes when we need four.

    Can we replace "when" with "while"?

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    Re: The word "while" and "when" used as the meaning of "but"

    No.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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