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    Canada is a large country, ______ the population is very small.
    A. while B. however

    The answer is A.

    I think both of the answers are wrong. "but" may be more suitable.

    Am I right?

    Jason

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    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Canada is a large country, ______ the population is very small.
    A. while B. however

    The answer is A.

    I think both of the answers are wrong. "but" may be more suitable.

    Am I right?

    Jason
    "While" here has the sense of "but at the same time". You could use "but" if there were no comma in the original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Canada is a large country, ______ the population is very small.
    A. while B. however

    The answer is A.

    I think both of the answers are wrong. "but" may be more suitable.

    Am I right?

    Jason
    Hi Jason,

    A is correct, as you said. Have a look here (#3) for this use of "while". But (#1) would also be correct, IMO, if maybe somewhat less formal.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: while

    Thanks!

    I thought "While" is used to emphasize the difference between two things. In this case, the population is a part of Canada, I cannot figure out how it could be used.

    I will accept the following sentence:

    Britain is quite small while America is large.

    Anyway, just confirm whether this sentence is acceptable to a native. If yes, I will keep it in mind.

    Thanks

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    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Britain is quite small while America is large.
    A crass literalist here: I don't think it's fair to compare the size of a country against that of a whole continent. Of course, unless you are comparing Australia to Oceania!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Anyway, just confirm whether this sentence is acceptable to a native.
    emsr2d2 was a native speaker the last time I looked.

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    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    A crass literalist here: I don't think it's fair to compare the size of a country against that of a whole continent. Of course, unless you are comparing Australia to Oceania!
    If you want to be pedantic, "America" is two continents.

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    Re: while

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If you want to be pedantic, "America" is two continents.
    Excuse me. I stand corrected. The way I was taught iit is America is one continent made up of two subcontinents. Sorry that my updates are not as quick as those for your iPad!

    charliedeut

    PS: However, my point still stands: whether America is one or two continents, it's still unfair to compare "Little Britain" to such a formidable land mass!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: while

    I think you have an impossible task if you wish to convince the world that the first meaning for "America" that should pop into people's heads is the continent(s) and not the USA. You'll have better luck convincing them that "whom" is a word that should be used more often.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: while

    Interesting. We are taught (or were back when I was in school) that there are 7 continents.

    Seven Continents - 7 Continents

    And, of course, Britain is small in land mass whether compared to the country of the USA or the North American continent.

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