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In fact, people sometimes think that shy people are snobbish and uninterested in/indifferent to other people when really they are just afraid to make contact.

For a start, do both "uninterested in and indifferent to" work with the above sample and mean about the same? Secondly, what part of speech is "when?" Is it a temporal conjunction or a relative abverb? Thanks.
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AngliholicIn fact, people sometimes think that shy people are snobbish and uninterested in/indifferent to other people when really they are just afraid to make contact.

For a start, do both "uninterested in and indifferent to" work with the above sample and mean about the same? Secondly, what part of speech is "when?" Is it a temporal conjunction or a relative abverb? Thanks.

Both phrases carry the same meaning.

I think 'when' is a conjunction here, meaning about the same as 'although'.
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Philip
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In fact, people sometimes think that shy people are snobbish and uninterested in/indifferent to other people when really they are just afraid to make contact.

For a start, do both "uninterested in and indifferent to" work with the above sample and mean about the same? Secondly, what part of speech is "when?" Is it a temporal conjunction or a relative abverb? Thanks.

Both phrases carry the same meaning.

I think 'when' is a conjunction here, meaning about the same as 'although'.

Thanks, Philip.

Got it.