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1- ---- we were studying Greek mythology in class, he'd have us all dress up, and he made me dress up as a tree for scenery. His lessons were unforgettable.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

2- I started being interested in environmental issues ---- I was studying community
planning at Cornell University Graduate School.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

3- ---- I was studying at the San Francisco Conservatory, I played in chamber music
groups.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

4- My first visit to Xochimilco was in 1948, ---- I was studying at the National University on the G.I. Bill.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

which one of these 3 questions would you ask on a test? Which one do you think characterizes best the use of "when" with "past continuous"?
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Which are your choices, Diamondring?
Pieanne
Which are your choices, Diamondring?

would you prefer to use diamond as a ring?

about the choices, now I really wonder what yours are, Pieanne.Emotion: smile
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Oops, sorry for your nick, Drg... That's how I read it! (I like them as earrings...)

I can give my (non-native) opinion when you've given yours Emotion: smile
PieanneOops, sorry for your nick, Drg... That's how I read it! (I like them as earrings...)

I can give my (non-native) opinion when you've given yours Emotion: smile

well, pieanne, I give in! My choice is "when" for all!

now, your turn!Emotion: wink
Diamondrg1- ---- we were studying Greek mythology in class, he'd have us all dress up, and he made me dress up as a tree for scenery. His lessons were unforgettable.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

2- I started being interested in environmental issues ---- I was studying community
planning at Cornell University Graduate School.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

3- ---- I was studying at the San Francisco Conservatory, I played in chamber music
groups.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

4- My first visit to Xochimilco was in 1948, ---- I was studying at the National University on the G.I. Bill.

A) Once B) When C) Until D) While E) Before

which one of these 3 questions would you ask on a test? Which one do you think characterizes best the use of "when" with "past continuous"?

1. when

2. while

3. when

4. when
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Can you explain why you think "while" should be used in 2?
Because "started being interested" takes some time; you may still be interested in the matter now.
diamondrg,
My choices were exactly the same as Pieanne's, and my reason goes like this.
Starting to be interested in something is an action that could naturally take place as a logical consequence of attending that institution and could take place during the course of the activity of attending that institution (i.e., while attending).
(The only other one that shows such a relationship and might possibly work all right with "while" is the chamber music example.)

CJ
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