Is there any difference in meaning?

1- When you called, he was holding his newborn baby.

2- When he was holding his new born baby, you called.

  • The difference is simply that the adverbial when- clause could be seen as parenthetical / optional in both sentences. So by implication, the other clause (which must be present to be syntactically valid) is "more important". Hence #1 emphasises the fact that he held the baby, whereas #2 attaches more importance to the fact of the addressee calling. May 19 at 13:44

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