Usage of when, while and as
I have searched for usage of when and while but I am still confused.
While I was watching TV, she came in.
When I was watching TV, she came in.
As I was watching TV, she came in.
I know sometimes they are not interchangeable for the same meaning, but I still cannot find any meaning difference between the three sentences. So I feel like they mean the same in the example sentences. What do you native English speakers think?
Thank you so much again and have a good day.
They are very similar. 'As' and 'while' are a little closer in their use. I would use 'when' with a past tense verb but not with a past progressive verb.
While/As I was doing something, something else happened.
When I did something, something else happened.
These aren't hard and fast rules, but they will help you use these words clearly.
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