using "when" and "as"

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using "when" and "as"

Post by kojirotokyo » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:25 am

This sentence was presented to me.

"The phone rang AS I got home."
"The phone rang WHEN I got home."

Is there any discernible difference between the two and if so any explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: using "when" and "as"

Post by Alan » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:26 am

Both possible, with minimal semantic difference in this case, although 'as' tends to suggest a more contemporaneous combination of events.