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    • Join Date: Sep 2006
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    #1

    whereas vs. while

    Hi!
    Could someone explain to me the difference between whereas and while?

    Thanks


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434
    #2

    Re: whereas vs. while

    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

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