Reply to "when"

David, Moderator posted:
Tara posted:

How should we know "when" refers to something durative or not?

Hi, Tara,

"When" is a subordinating conjunction. It is used to introduce subordinate clauses. Clauses have subject phrases and verb phrases. If the verb phrase is durative, then the "when"-clause itself refers to something durative.

Suppose I say, "I will read a novel when I fly from California to Virginia." The flight will take longer than an instant; it will actually take five hours. Thus, the verb phrase and the "when"-clause refer to something durative.

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