LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||06/OUT/2005 9:54 PM|
"After the flood disaster, WHEN over 1800 people died, the government took strong measures to prevent the disaster from happening again."
In the sentence above, the word when only refers to "flood disaster" (and not to the entire time clause "after the flood disaster"), since people died during the disaster, but not after it. In formal English, the relative pronoun when should only be used to refer to a time clause. Therefore, the grammar style in your example is not good, because "flood disaster" is not a time clause by itself. I would restate your sentence as follows:
After the flood disaster, in which over 1800 people died, the government took strong measures to prevent the disaster from happening again.
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