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    Talking 238-while/whilst

    hello all

    is there any differences between the use of (while) and (whilst)? Is any of them used in a specific place or sentence?
    Which one is more formal?

    Regards

    Matilda

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    Default Re: 238-while/whilst

    Nothing really to me- 'whilst' is less common and often used when people are trying to be formal, but 'while' is fine in formal language IMO.

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    Default Re: 238-while/whilst

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    hello all

    is there any differences between the use of (while) and (whilst)? Is any of them used in a specific place or sentence?
    Which one is more formal?

    Regards

    Matilda
    I agree with Tdol. They are different versions of the same word.

    "Whilst" is a bit archaic. One would expect to find it only in very formal or poetic language.

    "While" is acceptable in all language: formal, informal, poetic, and anything else.

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