when


when
when [ wen, hwen ] function word ***
When can be used in the following ways:
as a conjunction (connecting two clauses):
When he saw me, he waved.
as a question adverb (introducing a direct or indirect question):
When should we meet?
Do you know when these houses were built?
as a relative adverb (referring back to a noun and introducing a relative clause):
I remember the day when the war began. (introducing a clause that is the subject, object, or complement of another clause):
My proudest moment was when I received the poetry prize.
1. ) at what time or in what situation
a ) used for asking at what time something happens:
When will we know our test results?
When did the trouble start?
I asked him when he was going to start work.
You'll get your money back. Yes, but when?
since when: Since when have you been in charge of the project?
b ) used for asking in what kind of situation something happens:
When should I end a letter with Sincerely yours?
When is it OK to hug someone that you've just met?
c ) used when someone knows or says at what time something happens, or in what situation it happens:
He didn't say when they would leave.
It is important to know when you have had enough to drink.
2. ) at the time that something else happens
a ) as soon as another action or event has finished:
When it stops raining, I'll show you the garden.
b ) at the same time as something else:
I always wear a hat when I work in the garden.
when doing something: She was often nervous when facing the camera.
c ) at a point during the time that something else is happening:
She claims she was at a friend's house when the shooting took place.
3. ) => NOTE at a particular time or in a particular situation used for talking about a particular time or situation:
The biggest surprise for Josie was when she was chosen as team captain.
the time/day/year etc. when: Do you remember the time when we took your mother camping?
There are some days when everything seems to go wrong.
4. ) used for introducing surprising information used for introducing a situation that makes someone's action or behavior seem surprising:
He went on protesting his innocence when he was obviously guilty.
Why does she always drive to work when she could easily take the train?
5. ) used for describing a general situation used for making a general statement about something that is always true or correct:
We use an when the next word begins with a vowel.
Tonic water makes a refreshing drink when served with ice and lemon.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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