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I live in the UK.

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comment What's the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas?
The "Irony" section in your answer below seems to have been edited in Wikipedia to remove the use of single quotation marks to indicate irony. Certainly I use double quotes for speech and single quotes to indicate irony.
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revised When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
Put tags back in place after rollback to my chatty - and clearly frowned-upon - use of "I've".
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revised When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
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revised When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
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revised If an insertion in parentheses ends with a smiley, how do I distinguish between the two?
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answered If an insertion in parentheses ends with a smiley, how do I distinguish between the two?
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accepted When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
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comment When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
yes - think I might need it. Accepting this answer is first step!
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comment When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
While I was reading your informative answer, a thought occurred to me: whilst it seems clear that "while" and "whilst" are interchangeable, I still perceive a difference when I say each word. Since English grammar is defined by common usage I will keep plugging away until everyone comes round to my view of this small corner of the world. It will then be the view of the world. Might take some time :)
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comment When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
that's my frustration :) - now we've lost the distinction between While and Whilst the sentences above are ambiguous.
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comment When did “while” and “whilst” become interchangeable?
It annoys me that "whilst" is now taken to be a 'posher' version of "while" that only us snooty English folks use. I think historically there was a perfectly good distinction between "whilst" meaning although/whereas and "while" indicating the passage of time. Just another example of a reducing lack of clarity in our language.