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What is the difference between 「〜時{じ}に」 and 「 〜しながら」? I know I can say 「緊張しながら」 - means "while worrying..". Would it be correct if I write it as 「緊張時に」?

  • I thought of 「時に」 as a separate part.. I even pronounced it like "kinchō toki ni" in my mind.. So thanks a lot for correcting me :) – Ernestas Gruodis Oct 3 '14 at 6:43
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    「きんちょうじに」で合ってます。音読み同士ですし。 – naruto Oct 3 '14 at 8:07
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「~しながら」 explicitly means two different things are happening concurrently.

「~時【じ】に」 literally means "at the time (of ~)". You may translate this as when, if, before, or after, depending on the context.

  • 飲酒【いんしゅ】時【じ】に車を運転する drive a car after drinking (i.e. under the influence of alcohol)
  • 飲酒しながら車を運転する drive a car while drinking (i.e., a steering wheel in one hand, and a can of beer in the other hand...)

  • この薬は就寝【しゅうしん】時に飲んでください。 Take this medicine before going to bed.

  • (*)この薬は就寝【しゅうしん】しながら飲んで下さい。 Take this medicine while asleep(?).

  • 緊張しながら while being nervous, while feeling tension

  • 緊張[時]{じ}に when/if I feel nervous

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