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While and whilst are conjunctions meaning "during the time that". An example is:
- The days were hot while we were on vacation.
While and whilst can nowadays per Eric Partridge legitimately – which is not to say that some might not frown upon seeing such use – be used in the sense of although or whereas, provided that it is not ambiguous:
- While I am here, I can ring home.
This sentence can mean either "As long as I am here, I can ring home", "although I am here, I can ring home", or even, in Northern dialects, "until I am here, I can ring home".
See also: American and British English differences
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