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    • Join Date: Mar 2007
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    #1

    difference between while and when

    How is while differnt from when?

    Which sent. is correct from the below ones and why?

    1. I was living here while I was in school.
    2. I was living here when I was living here.

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    #2

    Re: difference between while and when

    I presume you meant this:
    1. I was living here while I was in school.
    2. I was living here when I was in school.

    There's no real difference here. If an action is short in duration, then 'when' is the natural choice.

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