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Peut-on utiliser lorsque?

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

21 April 2016

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Peut-on utiliser lorsque?

Peut-on utiliser lorsque comme "while" en anglais? Exemple : Je fais la vaisseille lorsque tu arrives" en même temps dans les 2 phrases? merci d'avance.

This relates to:
Quand, lorsque, après que, une fois que + Le Futur Antérieur = 'when, after I've done in the future -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 April 2016

21/04/16

Bonjour Ly !

"Lorsque" actually means the same as "quand" (when), so it's a bit different from "while". It doesn't mark simultaneity so much as something happening at one specific moment.
The best way to express simultaneity in this sentence would be as such:
"Je fais la vaisselle pendant que tu arrives." (I do the dishes while you're arriving.)

However, the use of "arriver" here feels a bit weird, as it is not an action that lasts as long as doing the dishes, so the simultaneity here feels a bit contrived.
Something like ""Je fais la vaisselle pendant que tu fais le lit." (I do the dishes while you're making the bed.) feels a bit more natural.

I hope that's helpful!

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

21 April 2016

21/04/16

Thank you for your answer with explanation.
So to express simultaneity, we use "pendant" it's better than " lorsque " that is used as "quand", right?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 April 2016

21/04/16

Yes, "pendant que" would be "while". "Pendant" on its own means "during".

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

21 April 2016

21/04/16

Okey, I understand now, thank you very much and have a nice day!

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