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I know that whilst is the formal alternative to the commonly used "while" ....but I've also heard that whilst is the British version while an American would just say that whilst is used only in formal speech. Is that true/correct? As for 'whereas' I guess it's not much used , isn't...

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  1. Gretchen S
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    I only see "whilst" used by speakers of British English; Americans do not use it even in formal speech although we would certainly understand it if someone used it. American speakers use "while" for sharing the same time. Example: She works while he sleeps. "Whereas" expresses contradiction; something is different. Example: This store sells organic produce whereas that one does not..

    "Whereas" is much more common in writing than in speech.

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