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.

"derweil" is oldfashioned and "derweilen" is extremely oldfashioned. I'd recommend you to use "während".


  • 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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