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Mientras versus cuando

When do you use which?

July 15, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dusse

No. Sometimes they are even more or less interchangeable: "Escucho música cuando hago deporte" and "escucho música mientras hago deporte" means the same thing.

Let's try another explanation. Try to think of "cuando" as "in the moment(s) that" and "mientras" as "while in the progress of". It sounds rather artificial using it in English, but maybe it will help you understand the concept. "Mientras" implies that somethings is in progress of happening.

July 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dusse

Usually, "cuando" is "when" and "mientras" is "meanwhile/while".

July 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dvn

So would it be correct to say that mientras refers to relatively long term states while cuando refers to short term actions?

July 15, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dvn

Thank you very much!

July 15, 2012
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