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    #1

    in the first weeks when we had to work with Tom

    Are all these sentences correct and correctly punctuated:

    1) In the first weeks, when we had to work with Tom, we had a lot of fun.


    2) In the first weeks when we had to work with Tom, we had a lot of fun.

    3) In the early days, when we lived in that house by the sea, we were happy.


    4) In the early days when we lived in that house by the sea, we were happy.

    Is there a difference between the meanings of '1' and '2'?
    Is there a difference between the meanings of '3' and '4'?

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    Navi


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    #2

    Re: in the first weeks when we had to work with Tom

    In sentence 2, change when to that. The point is that you want to identify which weeks you're referring to so that needs to be made clear.

    If you want to do the same with 4, you could say: In the early days of living in that house by the sea ... Then it would be equivalent to 2 in the sense that it would be identifying a specified group of days out of all the days.

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