whenadverb, conjunctionuk /wen/ us /wen/
whenpronounuk /wen/ us /wen/
whenconjunctionuk /wen/ us /wen/
when conjunction (CONSIDERING THAT)
- It's pointless to invite him when you know he won't come.
- Why did you buy a fishing rod when you could have borrowed mine?
- Why should I do the exam when I know I've failed the course already?
- You shouldn't judge them when you don't know the full story.
- I shouldn't get upset by his comments when I know he's only joking.
when conjunction (ALTHOUGH)
- He placed a bet on his team when he knows they're likely to lose.
- They claimed to know each other when in fact they've never met before.
- It was good of you to offer me a lift when I know you don't like driving at night.
- It was thoughtless of you to cook steak when you know I'm a vegetarian.
- She says she enjoys watching horror films when in fact she gets really scared by them.