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Should you use while or whilst?

While or whilst?

So should you be using while or whilst? First, some history: the word while was first recorded in Old English and it can be used as a noun, a verb, a relative adverb, a conjunction, or a preposition. Whilst is a later form and was first evidenced in the late 14th century. Whilst is more limited in scope than while, and can only be used as a conjunction […]

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Among or amongst?

Among or amongst?

One of our readers raised the following useful query a few months ago: What’s the difference between among and amongst? Among or amongst? Among is the earlier word of this pair: according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it first appeared in Old English. The variant form, amongst, is a later development, coming along in the Middle […]

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