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In this sentence: "when he's massaging me, I'm wondering about you." Is the "when" correct or instead of "when" should I use "while"? Or are both correct for the context?

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marked as duplicate by tchrist, p.s.w.g, Matt E. Эллен, choster, MετάEd Jul 8 '13 at 21:16

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@tchrist: I don't understand the duplicate link. I need an explanation on my particular situation. – verve Jul 7 '13 at 1:27
Yes they are both correct. The duplicate @tchrist linked to gives a nice explanation of how the two forms differ and when each should be used. – terdon Jul 7 '13 at 1:42
@verve Do you actually mean to talk about someone "massaging" you? Or "messaging" you? I hope you know the difference. (p.s.: I have not yet heard about any guy "massaging".) – Shaona Bose Jul 7 '13 at 11:48
@ShaonaBose I don't understand your p.s.. Do you mean you haven't heard of "massaging", or do you mean that you haven't heard of a "guy" doing it. If the latter, I assume you mean a male person, but "guy" can also include females, so is a bad choice of word. And it's not unusual to see male masseurs in films, etc.. – TrevorD Jul 7 '13 at 12:49
Okay, I should not have added that post script. – Shaona Bose Jul 7 '13 at 13:05

Both can be used with little difference in meaning. When emphasizes on the action, while while emphasizes on its duration.

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They're pretty much the same, although 'while' seems to emphasise the simultaneous nature of that next clause (I'm wondering...) and its strong relationship with the act of massaging.

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