"Pendant que je lis, il écrit."

Translation:While I am reading, he is writing.

February 26, 2013



Is there any difference between "pendant que" and "alors que"?

March 7, 2014


Yes, "pendant que" is only temporal, whereas "alors que" can denote opposition or contradiction as well.

March 7, 2014


Merci beaucoup, mais pouvez vous, s'il vous plaît, donnez nous un exemple de chaque un? Merci en avance.

July 29, 2014


Nero fiddled while Rome burned - temporal - "pendant que".
Frank is a businessman, while John is an artist - opposition - "alors que". This kind of "while" can also be "whereas", the other kind, never.

June 24, 2015


Your "while" and our "alors que" are exactly symmetric in that respect.

June 24, 2015


And "tandis que" ?

July 7, 2015


What is the "que" doing in this sentence?

February 26, 2013


"Pendant que" or "parce que" or "alors que" are subordinating conjunctions, acting as links between the main clause (il écrit) and the subordinate clause (je lis).

These links are mainly causal (because) or temporal (while).

Note that there are some in two words (examples above) or in one word: "lorsque, quand, puisque..."

February 26, 2013


If 'while I read, he writes' and 'while I am reading, he is writing' are both counted as correct, then why can't I say 'while I am reading, he writes'?

May 27, 2018


That was my answer too. I suppose you could argue that it makes it sound more like opposition, but I reported it.

June 13, 2018


Or. While I read, he is writing. There are several ways of translating this - not all are captured in the answers.

December 8, 2018


why not "as i read, he writes"?

April 25, 2015


Because "as" makes it sounds like your reading is influencing his writing, but when you say "while" neither the reading or the writing is influencing each other. In other words, it sounds like "he" is wrtiting down what you are reading.

June 21, 2015


Would "When I read, he writes." be considered correct?

August 24, 2014


Remember, when = quand

(For more information, please click and read the Tips & Notes section at right above the quiz)

So, your sentence would be translated "Quand je lis, il écrit."

October 13, 2014


In this case, when and while mean the same, don't they?

December 17, 2014


Not quite, "when" makes it sound like one action influences the other, like he starts writing only when I start reading. "While" just means the two are happening simultaneously.

March 9, 2015


Why "whereas" is wrong in this sentence ? In a previous exercise, we used "whereas" to say "pendant que...". I no longer understand ! (I specify, I'm French)...

February 24, 2016


Quand il s'agit de deux actions qui se déroulent simplement en parallèle, "while/pendant" est bien meilleur que "alors que/tandis que//whereas" qui impliquent une contradiction ou un conflit.

February 24, 2016


Thanks a lot ! C'est très clair pour moi maintenant.

February 25, 2016


When is the 's' in 'lis' sounded and when is it silent - anyone?

March 20, 2017


It is silent, unless an optional Z liaison is used in front of a word starting with a vowel sound:

  • je lis_z_ un livre

But this sounds quite formal.

March 20, 2017


Couldn't you say-pendant je lis,il ecrit... i don't see why that wouldn't be acceptable aswell with the original? Merci

July 4, 2016


"pendant" is a preposition you can use to introduce a noun or adverb, like "pendant des jours" or "pendant longtemps".

"pendant que" is a conjunction you have to use to introduce a subordinate clause.

July 5, 2016


Read the DianaM's reply to BonBonChat. Pendant que means While and Pendant means During.

July 4, 2016


I had "as i read", marked wrong. Just out of curiosity, can someone tell me what "as i read" would translate to?

January 16, 2017


«Comme je lis...»

November 10, 2017


Why is "When I read, he writes" wrong?

September 25, 2017


when = quand

pendant que = while/whilst

September 25, 2017


"While I read, it writes." should be correct, no?

November 10, 2017


Why can this not be translated as " When I read, he writes."

February 28, 2018


Already asked by G.M.V.A and maryli82, and both received answers. Please read the other comments before creating a new one, so that the discussions stay clean and useful. Thank you!

July 26, 2018


It rejected "while i read he writes". Reported 01 April 2018.

April 1, 2018


Why not simply "I read" and "he writes"? I thought French didn't differentiate simple present and present continuous.

April 7, 2018


Why should "While I am reading, he writes" be marked incorrect?

June 22, 2018


I don't understand why it it thinks "while i read, he is writing" is wrong - I haven't changed the word order and both my verbs are in the present tense

July 1, 2018


Does "je lis" mean "I read" as well as "I am reading"? My effort was judged to be in error, and the clause "I read" was underlined as incorrect.

July 3, 2018


What is wrong with "While I am writing, he reads?"

August 6, 2018


I put, while I am reading, he writes and was marked wrong. Why?

November 16, 2018


Isn't the same "he is writing" than "he writes"?. Therefore why do You say that my answer "While I am reading, he writes"? is wrong?

December 29, 2018


French conjunctions are the most challenging part of the language to the foreign learner-at least to me!! There is an almost idiomatic use of them in different contexts which is very hard to grasp and keep track of!

January 4, 2019


I never know when to use lis or lit?!

January 5, 2019


"Lis" is the conjugation for "je" and "tu". "Lit" is for "il", "elle" and "on".

January 6, 2019
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