Use "As a child" vs. "When I was a child"
I often come across a construct that seems incorrect to me. Here is an example:
"As a child, a conflict grew between my and my sister's beliefs."
It seems to me that "as a child" here connects with the conflict, which seems incorrect. I think correct ways to say this would be either :
"When I was a child, a conflict grew between my and my sister's beliefs."
or something like
"As a child, I realized a conflict grew between my and my sister's beliefs."
Am I right, or is the first sentence an accepted grammar? I'm not a native English speaker, so I'm not 100% sure. In my native tongue, the construct "as a child, a conflict grew" would be bad grammar.
Good analysis, Tatyana. 'As a child' refers to a stage of development of the the person. What follows should be something that this person did as a child. 'When I was a child' refers to a time period, and what follows would be something that happened during that time, but not necessarily done by the child.
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