When in a sentence

\ ˈ(h)wen , (h)wən \1 : at what time when will you return2a : at or during which time3 : at a former and usually less prosperous time brag fondly of having known him when Vance Pa

When in a sentence

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, (h)wən \

1 : at what time when will you return

2a : at or during which time

3 : at a former and usually less prosperous time brag fondly of having known him when Vance Packard\ ˈ(h)wen

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, (h)wən \1a : at or during the time that : while went fishing when he was a boy

b : just at the moment that stop writing when the bell rings

c : at any or every time that when he listens to music, he falls asleep2 : in the event that : if a contestant is disqualified when he disobeys the rules

3a : considering that why use water at all when you can drown in it Stuart Chaseb : in spite of the fact that : although quit politics when I might have had a great career in it

4 : the time or occasion at or in which tomorrow is when we must decide humor is when you laugh Earl Rovit\ ˈ(h)wen

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: what or which time life-long homes for those  who have lived here since when Kim Waller\ ˈ(h)wen

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: the time in which something is done or comes about troubled his head very little about the hows and whens of life Laurence Sterne

Examples of when in a Sentence

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First Known Use of when

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Conjunction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for when

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English hwanne, hwenne; akin to Old High German hwanne when, Old English hwā who  more at who

Conjunction

Middle English, from Old English hwanne, hwenne, from hwanne, hwenne, adverb

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, ˈwen, hwən, wən \

1 : at what time When did you leave?

2 : the time at which I was not sure of when they'd come.

3 : at, in, or during which It was hard to remember the time when they hadn't played that game  Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses

1 : at, during, or just after the time that She wants to leave when I do.2 : in the event that : if When you have a question, raise your hand.

4 : the time at which Tomorrow is when we leave.

: what or which time Since when have you been an expert?

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