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ai chan
what is the difference between "as" and "when" Which could I say? I was studying when she came here. I was studying as she came here. Thank you.
Feb 19, 2011 5:17 AM
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I was studying as she came here. ...WRONG I was studying as she was on her way here....CORRECT "As" represents parallel actions. "When" indicates an interruption. I was studying when she came here = I has started studying, and she arrived before I had finished. I hope that clears that up.
February 19, 2011
They are pretty close close in meaning. "When" is more general and versatile as it puts fewer constraints on usage. "I was studying when she came here." is a perfect construction. It may suggest that her arrival might have interrupted your studying, but not necessarily. "When" justs sets up a time reference with respect to which the action in the main clause takes place. "As" is slightly more restrictive as it usually suggests that the actions in the main clause and in the subordinate take place in the same time or at least they overlap in some extent. It is somewhere between "while" and "when", likely closer to the former. So you are probably better off with "She came here as I was studying."
February 19, 2011
ai chan
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