While (used as although)


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English - USA
Are the phrases below logical in English? What about possible? While is certainly being used to mean "although," but although, being a synonym for despite, doesn't seem to fit the Oxford definition of the latter ("without being affected by something"):

While X is big, Y is even bigger
While X is dangerous, Y is even more dangerous

An example context: Insurance companies assess premium amounts based on factors such as danger. While skateboarding is dangerous, performing stunts for action films is even more dangerous, so the latter carries more risk and therefore a higher premium.

  • While X is big, Y is even bigger.
    While X is dangerous, Y is even more dangerous.
    They are perfectly good sentences (except for the missing periods at the ends, which I've added); "while" can be used in this sense.

    In future, please do not use giant type; use the standard size.