When Does One Use "While" And "Whilst"?


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Arjun Mitra answered
This is a very simple question. The two words are exactly the same and can be replaced for each other. The words have been differentiated due to the pleasing sounds of the speech or changing the tone of talk. While is usually followed by a pronoun or noun but whilst cannot be. Whilst is a very British form of saying while where as while is very much American. The words can not be replaced with each other easily. For example, 'he was watching TV while eating his food' and you can say 'he was watching TV whilst eating food'. There is no big difference in the meaning but the usage of the word is very much different.
You can refer to grammar books of your grade and check it out over there. You can check it out even on the internet.
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Anonymous answered
While and whilst are the same except "while" is more commonly used in America and "whilst" is more commonly used in Britain.
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While = the indicative mood (everyday speech.)
Whilst = the subjunctive mood (when something is uncertain or imaginary   - like 'I wish I WERE there.)
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Whilst should not be used when writing informally; it looks contrived, reads worse, and sticks out like a sore thumb.   

The idea of good writing is to be consistent and fluid.  Only amateurs throw in pretty words that have perfectly regular counterparts.

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