|'while' and 'whereas'|
Tang, a Chinese student studying in the UK asks:
How can I use the conjunctions: while and whereas?
While to introduce a time clause:
can be used in a number of different ways. We use it, first and
foremost, when we want to talk about things that happen simultaneously.
In this sense, it is similar to ‘as?and ‘when? All of these conjunctions
can serve to introduce a longer background situation which started
before the shorter action. Consider the following and, at the same
time, note the use that is made of the past continuous in these
while / whereas to link two ideas that contrast with each other:
Note that while does not always refer to time. It is also used to balance two ideas that contrast with, but do not contradict, each other. In this sense, it is similar to whereas. Consider the following: