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I go to the gym whenever I have time.

If I change it into:

I go to the gym as long as I have time.

does the revised one still make sense? Does it still have the same meaning as the original?
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No, it doesn't mean the same, because as long as has at least 3 meanings:

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as long as
Function: conjunction

1 : during the time that : WHILE<enjoyed success as long as she lived>
2 : provided that <they can go where they please as long as they return on time>
3 : inasmuch as : SINCE<as long as you are going, I'll go too>


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which makes your alternative confusing.
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which makes your alternative confusing.

When you say 'it's confusing', does it mean that the revised one could mean the same as the original?
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In my opinion the second alternative doesn't have the same meaning. Just to give you an example:

I go to the gym whenever I have time: I would say that if I was a passionate about gym, so that if it happens that I've got time during a sunday morning I would immediately go to the gym.

I go to the gym as long as I have time: I would say that if I'd usually go to the gym, like let's say three times a week after work, but sometimes I've got to work longer than usual and I have to skip that day: I'm not particularly interested in going to the gym and I'd never go during a sunday morning!
Zeppe, welcome to the forums.

I have the exact same interpretation as you. "Whenver I have the time" conveys a sense of passion about doing it.
ZeppeIn my opinion the second alternative doesn't have the same meaning. Just to give you an example:

I go to the gym whenever I have time: I would say that if I was a passionate about gym, so that if it happens that I've got time during a sunday morning I would immediately go to the gym.

I go to the gym as long as I have time: I would say that if I'd usually go to the gym, like let's say three times a week after work, but sometimes I've got to work longer than usual and I have to skip that day: I'm not particularly interested in going to the gym and I'd never go during a sunday morning!

Very interesting!

Then what kind of difference do you find between:

I go to the gym as long as I have time.

and

I go to the gym when I have time.

?
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Going on with the same example, I would say "I go to the gym when I have time" if I didn't really go to the gym on a regular basis, but just from time to time, perhaps suggesting that for me going to the gym hasn't got an high priority, and then if I have something better to do I would probably skip the gym.
ZeppeGoing on with the same example, I would say "I go to the gym when I have time" if I didn't really go to the gym on a regular basis, but just from time to time, perhaps suggesting that for me going to the gym hasn't got an high priority, and then if I have something better to do I would probably skip the gym.

Thanks for the explanation, but then what do you think the difference would be between that and the 'as long as I have time' example?
Consider the entire previous example: I that case I used "as soon as" when the activity of going to the gym was planned, and I was supposed to go on a regular basis unless some contingency happened; on the opposite, I used "when" in a situation in which I don't usually go to the gym, or at least I don't go on a regular basis, I probably don't give it an high importance, and if I have time and probably nothing better to do, I'd go.
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