Use "As a child" vs. "When I was a child"

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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.

asked Feb 18 at 18:24 Tatyana New member

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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.

link comment answered Feb 20 at 17:24 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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So “as a child” is a noun phrase or adjective phrase? or adverb?

How about(or what about?) replacing  “As a child”  with “ Being a child”? is that correct?

link comment answered Feb 21 at 22:05 alan New member

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