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"when" in British English

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whenadverb, conjunction

uk   /wen/  us   /wen/
A1 at what time; at the time at which: "I did tell you about it." "When? I don't remember." When are you going? When's the baby due? We'll go when you're ready. Tell me when to start. Ask him when he's next coming home. When do you expect to have the project completed (by)? She was only 20 when she had her first baby. He was shocked when I told him. I hate it when there's no one in the office. I went there when I was a child. I was just getting into the bath when the phone rang.

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Grammar

whenpronoun

uk   /wen/  us   /wen/

whenconjunction

uk   /wen/  us   /wen/
  • when conjunction (CONSIDERING THAT)

B2 considering the fact that: How can you say you don't like something when you've never even tried it! You can't complain about being lonely when you don't make any effort to meet people. Why is she training to be a teacher when she doesn't even like children? I don't suppose I can really call myself a vegetarian when I eat fish.

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  • when conjunction (ALTHOUGH)

B2 despite the fact that: He says he doesn't have any money when in fact he has thousands of dollars in his account. I don't understand how he can say that everything's fine when it's so obvious that it's not.

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(Definition of when from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"when" in American English

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whenconjunction, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /hwen, wen, hwən, wən/
at what time; at the time at which: When is supper going to be ready? When did the American Civil War begin? I was just getting into the shower when the phone rang.

whenconjunction

 us   /hwen, wen, hwən, wən/
  • when conjunction (CONSIDERING THAT)

considering the fact that: I can’t really call myself a vegetarian when I eat fish.
  • when conjunction (ALTHOUGH)

despite the fact that: He says he hasn’t got any money when the truth is he’s got plenty.
(Definition of when from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “when”
in Korean 언제…
in Arabic مَتى…
in Malaysian sedangkan…
in French alors que…
in Russian когда?…
in Chinese (Traditional) 甚麼時候,何時…
in Italian quando…
in Turkish ne zaman…
in Polish kiedy…
in Spanish si…
in Vietnamese mặc dù…
in Portuguese quando…
in Thai แม้ว่า…
in German wenn…
in Catalan quan…
in Japanese いつ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 什么时候,何时…
in Indonesian padahal…
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