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I waited on hold for ten minutes when I called city hall.
In this sentence, is 'when' similar to 'before' or 'after'? Or rather, did 'called' happen before 'waited'?
Thank you in advance.
- Here ‘called’ happened as soon as ‘ten minutes’ is completed.
- If ‘when’ is replaced by ‘before’, then ‘called’ happened some time after completion of ‘ten minutes’. It may be ‘one minute’ or ‘five minutes’ or more.
- If ‘when’ is replaced by ‘after’, then 'called' happened before 'waited'.
Last edited by sarat_106; 02-Jul-2009 at 04:30.