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    Question /wɪlst/ or /waɪlst/ for 'whilst'?

    Hi,
    May I know which one is the right pronunciation of the word?

    Is this word commonly used in BrE? I happen to come across it quite often, and I find it a very attractive word!

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    Default Re: /wɪlst/ or /waɪlst/ for 'whilst'?

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    The pronunciation provided by OALD is /waɪlst/.

    It's formal and old-fashioned. I have come across it often too, but mainly in literature and older texts (1900, 1800 etc.). Rarely nowadays.
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    Default Re: /wɪlst/ or /waɪlst/ for 'whilst'?

    It's used in BrE by some people who think it makes them sound more serious and formal. The pronunciation I hear is /waɪlst/.

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