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In this question I asked about different usage of "that" and its possible corresponding with Persian sentences,

But still I don't know how English may say sentences like:

1) We were walking, that suddenly a car stopped in front of us...

2) I was reading a book that he entered the room.

3) I was cleaning it that it was broke

4) He was driving that he went to sleep and the car was crushed

They almost mean, as we were doing something, something happened.

  • A native speaker of English might figure out what you are trying to say (Oh, he means "when") but as they stand these sentences are ungrammatical and almost nonsensical. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 28 '15 at 9:08
  • @TRomano OK I try to explain them, I am not sure I mean exactly "when". because "when" usually can be translated "at the time when", but suddenly is key point here, He was driving when he went to sleep or when that the car was crushed implies to me that two things happened at same times, but He was driving that he went to sleep or the car was crushed should mean He was driving .... that suddenly went to sleep :-), can's say it in other way – Ahmad Jul 28 '15 at 9:23
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Use 'when' to indicate that one event happens while another event is ongoing:

1) We were walking, when suddenly a car stopped in front of us...

2) I was reading a book when he entered the room.

3) I was cleaning it when it broke

(note that was broke would imply that 'it' was out of money).

  • I added another sentence to the list, can it be written like these? that could express the cause or result as in he seemed pleased that I wanted to continue, I think my sentences are something between when and cause, just I think I don't mean at the same time – Ahmad Jul 28 '15 at 9:32
  • 'He was driving when he fell asleep, causing the car to crash.' – Glorfindel Jul 28 '15 at 9:34
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In every one of your sentences, if you replace "that" with "then", they sound much more correct to my US English ears. As-is, they sound wrong.

For number 3, I would say

3) I was cleaning it, then it broke.

  • Thanks, as I pointed in the comment to @Glorfindel I myself think it is something between "when" and "then" (time and cause) – Ahmad Jul 28 '15 at 16:35

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