In the following sentence, which conjunction should be used?

While/when/as John was reading, Peter was listening to music.

I'd appreciate your help.


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While is best for a simple statement that two continuous events were happening at the same time.

When would, I think, imply that every time John sat down with a book, Peter put music on.

As is often used with a gradual change - As the water level was rising - As her health improved...

  • I agree with the second. The first is interesting because in programming we have the construct of while loops, where any number of lines can be executed while a condition evaluates to true. Sep 3, 2020 at 21:34

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