pendant que vs tandis que

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

7 December 2018

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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!

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using Le Futur after "quand" and "pendant que" instead of Le Présent"

Tom

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2018

14/12/18

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

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2018

14/12/18

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

Merci!

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