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The correct conjunction?



Gi2gi
Georgia

The correct conjunction?
 
Many babies can say about three words ….. (2) they are 12 months old. But, of course, they start learning their parents’ language before that.
 
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In the gap filling exercise above, what would be the correct conjunction apart from when /  before?
 
Can as /while be considered as a correct option as well? 
 
Cheers,
 
Giorgi 

3 Aug 2018      



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

Gi2gi,

I think that, in the example sentence given, the conjunctions, "as" and "while", are  not acceptable. 
 
In my opinion, acceptable conjunctions could be: "once"; "by the time"; "as soon as"; and possibly, "after".
 
I prefer:
 
"Many babies can say about three words once they are three months old. But, of course, they start learning their parent ´s language before that."
 
Les Douglas 

3 Aug 2018     



yanogator
United States

Of course, Les was projecting his own brilliance (and precociousness) into this when he said "three months old".   :)
 
I agree with all of his answer.
 
Bruce 

3 Aug 2018     



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

Thank you, ´eagle-eyed Bruce ´.

 

I have corrected the Post.
 
Les Douglas 

3 Aug 2018     



yanogator
United States

I wish you hadn ´t corrected it, Les, since it makes my comment look strange.    
 
Bruce 

3 Aug 2018     



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

Sorry, Bruce.

 

I ´ve changed it back to the original wording, now!
 
Once again, thank you.
 
Les Douglas 

3 Aug 2018     



vebvibes
Indonesia

once.

3 Aug 2018     



yanogator
United States

Thank you, Les. That was kind of you.
 
Bruce 

4 Aug 2018     



Gi2gi
Georgia

Thank you for the replies, Les, Bruce, and vebvibes!

4 Aug 2018     



yanogator
United States

You ´re welcome, Giorgi. Since you ´re already at 99% fluency, we ´re always happy to help you get a little closer.
 
Bruce 

5 Aug 2018