In this short episode of Aussie English we have a quick chat as I answer Duy’s question about what the difference is between WHILE and WHILST.

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AE 301 – Q&A: While vs Whilst

What’s the difference between “while” and “whilst” says Duy, and I hope I’m saying that correct, Duy.

“While” and “whilst”, “whilst*”. I would use these interchangeably.

They’re exactly the same thing. “Whilst” is probably rarer, slightly less common, although I would use that.

So that might be a little elevated with regards to your English.

If you use that you’re going to sound a little bit more intelligent.

It’s one of those things where you can use them both.

They’re just used at different frequencies.

More educated people overall… I do know it’s a bit pretentious, but I think I would hear my academics using “whilst” all the time.

Whereas, “while” would be used by everyone.

So, it’s up to you. I think, personally, I would use them both.

It would just depend on whatever it is in my head that decides which one I want to use it at any time.

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