(while) playing tennis?

bonbon2023

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Korean(south)
participle clauses following conjunctions and prepositions
Participle clauses, with -ing particularly, can be used after various conjunctions and prepositions, such as: when, while, before, after, on, without, instead of. Note the following examples:
I sprained my ankle while playing tennis.
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv305.shtml)
Can I omit 'while' in "I sprained my ankle while playing tennis." without making difference in meaning?
 
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