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Are the both sentences below correct? A friend of mine claims that it's not possible to use whereas for this expression. When I look for their difference I could only see that we shouldn't use whereas for expressions with time.

Freedom is a slippery concept, and whereas we may casually use the word with some frequency, it is difficult to arrive at a precise definition that is agreeable to most of us.

Freedom is a slippery concept, and while we may casually use the word with some frequency, it is difficult to arrive at a precise definition which is agreeable to most of us.

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Either is fine, and in this usage, whereas and while are synonyms. It is also true that the more literal sense of while—meaning "during the same period of time as"—cannot be expressed using whereas.

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