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Mientras versus cuando

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When do you use which?

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6 years ago

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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.

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

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Reply6 years ago

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

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Reply6 years ago

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Thank you very much!

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Reply6 years ago