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As soon as I arrived home, I opened the door.

When I arrived home. I opened the door.

Do you distinguish or feel any difference between the two semantically?

Thanks in advance

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They both fulfill the same function - telling us when you opened the door. However, "as soon as" is emphatic where as "when" isn't.

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    Right, when you say as soon as it means immediately- the first thing you did, you got out of the car and headed straight for the door. But "when" might mean after you put your coat in the closet and let the dog out and sorted the mail. – Jim May 9 '15 at 23:50

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