Here is the passage:

Don't edit or create CSV files with Calc.

Calc cannot edit CSV files directly: when you open an existing CSV file, it converts it to OTS; when you save it, it converts it back to CSV. During these conversions - under some circumstances - data loss happens.

At my opinion, the word "during" isn't a good choice here. It creates a false impression that conversions takes a lot of time. It's not so; actually, conversions takes about a second or less.


According to Macmillan these are the synonyms for "a very short period of time"


(noun) a very short period of time


(noun)an extremely short period of time, that ends almost immediately

split second

(noun) an extremely small amount of time

Now to answer the question, I'd have to say "during" is a good enough word to use here however, your intention is to implicitly mention that these conversions take place in an incredibly short amount of time.

There are a couple of ways to do that:

During these conversions, which happen in an instant - under some circumstances data loss happens.

I've used a relative clause to convey that information. You could use other words as well, for instance, in a split second, or in an incredibly short amount of time.

during these split-second conversions- under some circumstances data loss happens.

you could use an adjective as well

in the split second these conversions happen - under some circumstances data loss happens.

you could omit during altogether. (Ludwig)

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  • What you think about "On these conversions"?
    – john c. j.
    Mar 16 '20 at 20:49
  • It sounds fine to me, however, I guess it doesn't convey the fact that the said conversions happen in an extremely short amount of time, which is what you want to convey right?
    – Fermichem
    Mar 16 '20 at 20:52
  • May be. My English is not so good to answer your question for sure. The variations you have posted are very precision, but I'm looking for a something that will sound more naturally.
    – john c. j.
    Mar 16 '20 at 21:15

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