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Isaac Newton changed the world while in quarantine from the plague.

Isaac Newton changed the world while he was in quarantine from the plague.

while is clearly a conjunction in the second sentence because it connects two independent clauses.

Is while a conjunction in the first sentence as well? If yes, how?

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    Yes, because 'he was' is understood. Mar 10 '21 at 17:15
  • @Kate Bunting: Thanks. So it's just a case of ellipsis?
    – user40475
    Mar 10 '21 at 17:32
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    Yes, I would say so. Mar 10 '21 at 17:36

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