[hwen, wen]

when Definition

  • 1at what time
  • 2at or during which time
  • 3at any time that

Using when: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "when" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    When will you arrive?

  • Example

    I was sleeping when the phone rang.

  • Example

    I always feel happy when I see her smile.

  • Example

    I'll call you when I'm ready.

when Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for when

Phrases with when

  • used to introduce a topic that is being discussed


    When it comes to cooking, she's an expert.

  • every now and then/then and now/now and again

    occasionally, from time to time


    Every now and then, I like to take a break from work.

  • at a time when someone is unprepared or not expecting something


    Just when I least expected it, I found the perfect job.


Summary: when in Brief

The word 'when' [hwen, wen] is an adverb and conjunction used to indicate time. It can be used to ask about the time of an event, describe a time period, or indicate a condition for an action. Examples include 'When will you arrive?' and 'I'll call you when I'm ready.' Phrases like 'when it comes to' introduce a topic, while 'every now and then' means occasionally, and 'just when one least expects it' refers to an unexpected event.

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