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    Two questions:

    1. What is the difference between while and whilst?
    2. When is it grammatically correct to use "the" with human being?

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    Re: whilst

    Hello Az,

    1. Both mean the same thing. "Whilst" may seem more formal to some speakers.

    2. You would very seldom use "the" with "human being". An alien life-form in a piece of fiction might use it, to distinguish between two life-forms:

    "The human being appears to be a biped; but the dog is evidently quadrupedal."

    Best wishes,


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