‘Whilst’ is a conjunction (kata sambung), a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause.
As a conjunction, ‘whilst’ means the same as ‘while‘. Both mean ‘during the time that something else happens.’
- She reads a novel whilst waiting for her boyfriend.
- She reads a novel while waiting for her boyfriend.
‘Whilst’ and ‘while’ indicate that two events are happening at the same time.
On going events:
- reading a novel
- waiting for boyfriend
Not just that, both ‘whilst’ and ‘while’ can also mean ‘in contrast with something else.’
- Her top is white, whilst her pants are black.
- Her top is white, while her pants are black.
Here’s another example of using ‘whilst’ in showing contrast.
- Whilst ‘of’ refers to possession, ‘from’ refers to origins.
So, you may now ask:
When should we use ‘whilst’? Or should we use ‘while’ instead?
Actually, the real question is not ‘when’ to use them; but ‘where‘ you should use ‘whilst.’
For Americans, the word ‘whilst’ tends to have an archaic ring. ‘Whilst’ is rarely used in American English. The use of ‘whilst’ gives the impression that the writer is British. ‘Whilst’ is fairly common in British publications.
So that sums up our discussion on the word ‘whilst.’ I hope the explanation was clear enough and not too boring. However, if you still have any question on how to use ‘whilst’ (or any other topic), feel free to hit us up.
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