What's the difference between "when" and "while" in the following context?


In present progressive tense:

I'm writing when I'm eating now.

I'm writing while I'm eating now.

In present simple tense:

I write when I eat.

I write while I eat.

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"I write when I eat." means that whenever or every time you eat you write as well.

"I write while I eat." means that you write during your meal, at the same time.

I don't think the first two sentences are correct. I am writing and eating right now sounds better to me.

  • Thank you. Are you a native English speaker? Commented Dec 16, 2018 at 20:30
  • No I'm not. I have a degree in English though.
    – anouk
    Commented Dec 16, 2018 at 20:45
  • The second sentence in the question is grammatical—although the use of now at the end is very unusual and makes it sound wrong. The first sentence in the question, however, is certainly wrong—even without the use of now. Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 2:01

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