While

While means “at the same time as.” Do not substitute but or and with while.

Wrong: While the council chair was a Democrat that year, the post was held for 20 years thereafter by a Republican.
Right: Although the council chair was a Democrat that year, . . . the post . . .
Right: The council chair that year was a Democrat, but the post was held . . .
Wrong: He is a doctor, while his wife is a dentist.
Right: He is a doctor, and his wife is a dentist.
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