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An example use of while in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… yeah but it takes a while so right now i …”
While means during the time that.
the word while occurs in english on average 917.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that while can be often used in the following areas:
1) communication, information, and media;
2) people, society, and culture;