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Today when I was watching Impractical Jokers, in an episode one of the guys was tasked with "hit on a girl while wearing a skirt and heels".

Is it me or "while" here seems redundant? If I remove it then the sentence would be "hit on a girl wearing heels.

Do these both have the same meaning or there is a nuance of difference?

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If a man is tasked with hitting on a girl while wearing a skirt and heels, that means the man has to be wearing a skirt and heels at the time he does the hitting-on.

If he has to hit on a girl, wearing a skirt and heels, that means the above. Note comma.

If he has to hit on a girl wearing a skirt and heels, that means that the girl has to be wearing a skirt and heels.

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  • +1 The 'while' removes any ambiguity
    – Smock
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 14:25
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Hit on a girl wearing a skirt and heels.

To me it sounds like asking someone to hit on a girl who is wearing skirt and heels.

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Hit on a girl while wearing a skirt and heels.

Here it's specified that someone is being asked to hit on a girl while that person is wearing skirt and heels, not the girl

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