<When> Asian elephants do have tusks, they are much less developed then those of African elephants

Discussion in 'English Only' started by park sang joon, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. park sang joon Senior Member

    Korean
    African elephants boast long, sharp tusks. When Asian elephants do have tusks, they are much less developed then those of African elephants. The trunks of African elephants split into two finger like projection at then end, but Asian elephants have trunks with only one such feeler.
    [Source: Reading for Results Ninth Edition by Laraine Flemming]
    I think "while" is more appropriate to the context rather then "when."
    So I was wondering here what meaning "when" has.
    Thank you in advance for your help.
     
  2. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
  3. park sang joon Senior Member

    Korean
    Thank you, pob14, for your kind answer.
    But Both of them have tusks.:(
     
  4. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
    Did you ever see those "Most Interesting Man in the World" commercials?

    "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis."

    Asian elephants don't always have tusks (really, they don't, read my link above), but when they do, they are much less developed.
     
  5. Language Hound Senior Member

    American English
    Not always.
    As Pob pointed out, "Asian elephants do not always have tusks."
    If you click on Pob's link in post #2, you will read:
     
  6. park sang joon Senior Member

    Korean
    Thank you, pob14, for your continuing support.:)
    Thank you, Language Hound, for your message.:)
    I'm so sorry, pob14; I didn't notice the underlined clause in your post has the link.:(
     
  7. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
    Ah, sorry, I should have made that more explicit. Anyway, I hope you understand the construction of the sentence now!
     
  8. park sang joon Senior Member

    Korean
    Thank you, pob14, for your message.
    Yes I did!!
     

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