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‘While’ as a conjunction

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘While’ as a conjunction.


While they were at breakfast the letters were brought in.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


“I can have no pleasure while I see you in this state.”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


The village head-man told Mowgli that he would have to go out with the buffaloes next day, and herd them while they grazed.

From ‘The Jungle Book’, by Rudyard Kipling.


She hated having visitors in the house while her health was so indifferent, and lovers were of all people the most disagreeable.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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Riches and rank have no necessary connection with genuine gentlemanly qualities.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.

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