pendant que vs tandis que

pendant que vs tandis que

just did exercise and used “tandis que” au lieu de “pendant que”.  when does one use which and why?  Merci!
Asked 9 months ago
TomC1

Hi Marnie,

Since has remained unanswered for over a week I'll have a go at explaining the difference.

Although they both nominally mean 'While', 'pendant que' is more of a temporal conjunction indicating that indicates the time frame of an action during which something else happens.

Pendant que j'étais en France j'ai visité la tour Eiffel. - While I was in France I visited the Eiffel Tower.

Tandis que signifies a contrast and can often be translated as whereas.

Paul est un travailleur acharné tandis que son frère est un bon à rien. - Paul is a hardworking man while (whereas) his brother is a wastrel.

Hope this helps,

Tom

Salut Tom!  That makes sense...and resound in my echo-chamber of previously known & spoken French!

Merci!

pendant que vs tandis que

just did exercise and used “tandis que” au lieu de “pendant que”.  when does one use which and why?  Merci!

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