Is while synonymous with "although" or "even though"?
It is subtle, but I don't believe while is really used to mean "although", even in the sample cited on this page. "even though" is closer to what is meant there, and retains the sense of "occurring at the same time". I think it may be misleading for the translations to have it listed as perfectly synonymous with "although".
Tormod 17:32, 15 October 2011 (UTC)
Meaning of while depending on the position in a sentence?
It seems to me that very often while means "although" when in the start of the sentence, or in this kind of a position as in the article's example: This case, while interesting, is a bit frustrating. Can it mean "although" being in a very different place, like this: The .... has continued, while the ... has increased; or is it quite certain that here it means "during the same time"? If yes, is this a rule?
- No, here it would always mean "during the time that". To use while to mean although, the sentence would have to be turned around: While the ... has increased, the ... has also continued. Robhogg 09:38, 7 October 2008 (UTC)