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1 Choose as, when or while, whichever is correct or more likely, to complete the sentences. If there is more than one possible answer, write them all. (A, B, C & D)
1. ........he was twelve, he moved with his parents to Perth.
2 Tom started to cry........Jenny left the room.
3 ..........they were waiting for the taxi, Rod offered to give them a lift.
4 I cut myself..........I was shaving.
 

5 Leave the keys at the front desk.........you leave.
6 .............the bathroom window broke I was having a shower.
7 Do you remember..........we went sailing in Sweden with Carol?
8 Trish was on a skiing holiday in France.........she broke her leg.
9 It's hard to imagine life in the days.........there were no antibiotics or anaesthetic.
10. .........I tried to wake him, it became obvious that he was seriously ill.
11 Sarah was sti 11 angry.........she hung up the phone.
12 Richard hurt his back.........he was running for a bus.
13 She was walking along the street.........she tripped over.
14 I was quite good at maths.........I was at school.
15 I can't remember........we last saw Alison.
16 I get a pain in my left knee.........I walk up the stairs.
17. .........I start the car in the morning, the engine makes a terrible grating noise.
18 .........you gradually get better at the job, you'll find that it becomes easier.

 

Ex. 2. Complete these sentences with the more likely one of when or while and an appropriate phrase.
Don't use 'as' in this exercise. (C & D)

 

Sam sat down. he recognised me. -the- scenery- was- being- changed.
Judith stepped through the door. the results were being distributed.

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1 There was a long interval while the scenery was being changed.
2 The chair broke...
3 Everyone shouted 'Happy Birthday'...
4 The students waited patiently...
5 He shook me by the hand...

Ex. 3 Match the sentence halves and, if possible, reduce the when/while clause as in 1. (E)

A B
1  The jury had no choice but to return a
verdict of guilty...
2  Parents become good at holding a
conversation...
3 It is essential to take anti-malarial
tablets...
4 My parents were watching television
downstairs...
5 The manufacturers claim that the
insecticide is perfectly safe...
6 She was found guilty of driving...
a ...when it is used as directed.
b ...while they are also keeping a watchful eye
on their children.
c ...while she was under the influence of alcohol.
d .. .when- they- were- presented -with - al l - the- evidence-.
e ...while I was reading in my bedroom.
f ...when you are visiting certain countries in
Africa.

 

Keys:

 

1

1. When

2 as/when

3 AsWhen/While ('As' could also mean 'because' here: Because they were waiting for a taxi...)

4 as/when/while

5 as/when

6 When

7 when

8 when

9 when

10 As/When

11 as/when

12 as/when/while
13 when

14 when

15 when

16 as/when

17 When/As

18 As

 

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2 The chai r broke when Sam sat down.

3 Everyone shouted 'Happy Birthday' when Judith stepped through the door.

4 The students waited patiently while the results were being distributed.

5 He shook me by the hand when he recognised me (In 1 and 4, 'while' is more likely as we are talking about two longer events going on at the same time)

 

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2 + b Parents become good at holding a conversation while they-are-also keeping a watchful eye on their children.

3 + f It is essential to take anti-malarial tablets when you - are-visiting certain countries in Africa

4 + e My parents were watching television downstairs while I was reading in my bedroom. (The two clauses have different subject so subject + be can't be left out in the second clause;)

5 + a The manufacturers claim that the insecticide is perfectly safe when it is-used as directed.

6 + c She was found guilty of driving while shewas under the influence of alcohol.