I read this sentence:

Sally died while in a car i was driving!

Can't understand here while separates 2 sentences and makes sense at the same time?

Sally died while i was driving in a car!

But I am confused by in a car, for what / by what rule did we put it right after while?

Maybe this way we emphasize what exactly is in the car

Or maybe here while has a different meaning and the sentence without it would look like this :

Sally died in a car i was driving !

I hope I asked the question correctly, i.e. I would like to understand why such a place of setting in a car in a sentence ?

  • "In a car" means "inside an automobile." "While" means during time (that) in that context, i.e., "Sally died during time "inside an automobile" (that) I was driving." It means I was driving a car and she was inside that car with me at the time that she died. May 21, 2021 at 10:30
  • Please use caps for the pronoun "I".
    – Lambie
    May 21, 2021 at 14:23

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Well in these cases I reach out for the context. I believe the author/writer tries to emphasize on the phrase "I WAS DRIVING". I mean in my opinion, the car is not important, it is me who drove the car.


I got my hand bitten while in a car you were driving.

It somehow indicates that there is a "which", or a "that" is omitted from the sentence


for better understanding:

Sally died while [she was a passenger] in a car [that] I was driving.

  • 1
    Alright ,i.e. the emphasis is placed on what is at the end, and not vice versa, thank you
    – Loken
    May 21, 2021 at 8:37

I would understand it to mean

Sally died while [she was a passenger] in a car [that] I was driving.

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