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Hi guys,

Does "for" or "since" work in place of "when" in this sentence?

Why do you keep buying plants when you just end up killing them?

If not, why?

Thank you.

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Kevin XDoes "for" or "since" work in place of "when" in this sentence?Why do you keep buying plants when you just end up killing them?

"For" does not work. "Since" almost does.

Kevin XIf not, why?

If you mean "for" as "because", that is an obsolete use of the word that sounds literary or ultra-formal today. It also has the same problem as "since", that you switch from a question to a statement in the middle of a sentence. I say "since" almost works because I would not be surprised to hear it there in unguarded speech, but "for" is right out.