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Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 2:38:20 PM

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When I'm really busy, but I'll try to swing by for a little while.

Is 'when' correct in the above?

Does swing by mean paying a short visit?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 3:20:16 PM

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This whole sentence doesn't make sense. When..., but... doesn't work.

Something like "When I'm NOT really busy, I'll try to swing by."
or
"I'm really busy now, but I'll try to swing by."
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:35:00 PM

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Something similar might be spoken in ordinary, informal conversation, but the sentence is not well-structured.

Bob: Can you help me with this thingamajig, Sally?
Sally: I'm really busy this morning, but I'll try to swing by for a little while.
Or ---
Sally: When I'm not so busy, I'll try to swing by.
Or more likely ---
Sally: I'll be over when I'm not so busy -- maybe this afternoon.

Is that what you're trying to convey?

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