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Can I use derweilen instead of während? Is it more formal than während?

  1. Ich fegte den Fußboden, derweilen ich fernsah.
  2. Ich fegte den Fußboden, während ich fernsah.
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"derweil" is oldfashioned and "derweilen" is extremely oldfashioned. I'd recommend you to use "während".

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It depends a bit. I feel it is not that old fashioned in Thüringen and Sachsen like elsewhere. –  Ingo Dec 27 '13 at 16:17

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