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    Difference between whereas and while

    Is there any difference between the following two sentences:

    1) The Country's population of indigenous cattle has fallen by 8.94 percent whereas the population of the crossbred cattle has gone up by 20.18 percent.

    2) The Country's population of indigenous cattle has fallen by 8.94 percent while the population of the crossbred cattle has gone up by 20.18 percent.

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    Re: Difference between whereas and while

    'Whereas' emphasises the contrast; 'while' tells us the two things were happening at the same time.

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    Re: Difference between whereas and while

    It is written in the below mentioned link that `while' is used to contrast two things.

    1) While Tom's very good at science, his brother is absolutely hopeless.
    2) Some people work better to music while others do not

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...nglish/while_1

    So I am still confused. Please guide.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Sep-2014 at 12:14. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: Difference between whereas and while

    Use whichever you like; they mean very nearly the same.

    I wrote the above in my first reply to you, but deleted it as I thought you might want to know what the tiny difference was between them.

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    Re: Difference between whereas and while

    Actually I want to understand the tiny difference. In this forum, in a very old thread, a senior member had quoted the following difference that I am pasting below. What I could not understand, I am marking that in "red". As that thread was closed, I started this thread. Would you please help me understand the following?

    1. It is a subtle difference. Whereas can be replaced with "on the other hand"; while can be replaced with "however".

    Whereas = conjunction in contrast or comparison with the fact that; taking into consideration the fact that.

    Bob was quite the rudest man I have ever met whereas John was a great guy.
    Bob was quite the rudest man I have ever met; on the other hand John was a great guy.

    While = conjunction compared with the fact that; but

    John is so polite while Bob is incredibly rude
    John is so polite; however, Bob is incredibly rude.
    Last edited by rajan; 25-Sep-2014 at 10:55.

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    Re: Difference between whereas and while

    I'd say that's invalid, because you can also say "John is so polite, whereas Bob is incredibly rude."
    So that is replacing 'while' with 'whereas'. Sometimes there's a difference; sometimes there's not. There is no slight/subtle/tiny difference that is going to hold good in all circumstances.

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