meantime vs meanwhile : Common Errors in English

About meantime vs meanwhile

Although most authorities now consider these words interchangeable, some people still prefer to use “meanwhile” when it stands alone at the beginning of a sentence: “Meanwhile the dog buried the baby’s pacifier in the garden.” They prefer “meantime” to be used only in the expression “in the meantime”: “In the meantime, the dog chewed up my last tennis ball.”

meantime Meaning(s)

  • (n) the time between one event, process, or period and another
  • (r) during the intervening time

meanwhile Meaning(s)

  • (n) the time between one event, process, or period and another
  • (r) at the same time but in another place
  • (r) during the intervening time

meantime in News

  1. Verdict coming on well output

    Reedley officials might know by the week’s end whether a well that’s supposed to provide water for the city’s new water tower will produce enough. In the meantime, construction of the water tower at the Sports Park has been delayed again, which is costing the city another $100,000.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Reedley Exponent

  2. The dome countdown continues

    HOUSTON, TX – With the June 10th deadline for private investors behind us; we’re now waiting for the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation to make their recommendation to commissioners court on June 25th. In the meantime Houstonians are wondering …
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CW39 NewsFix

  3. Relive the Kingdom Hearts 3 E3 announcement

    Kingdom Hearts 3 has no official release date yet, but we do know it's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the meantime, here's the announcement trailer. Relive the Kingdom Hearts 3 E3 announcement originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Joystiq

meanwhile in News

  1. Turkish government offers referendum: Will it quell protests?

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government proposed a referendum on an Istanbul development project on Wednesday. Meanwhile, protests continued in Taksim Square's Gezi Park. Four people have died and more than 5,000 have been injured in the two-week-long protests. 
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  2. Lionel Hollins to meet with Nuggets on Saturday, according to report

    Meanwhile, Hollins has received permission to speak with other teams with head coaching vacancies after Memphis told him earlier this week it wouldn't seek a contract extension.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Philly.com

  3. Sales of "1984" increase as Staten Island, nation, watch surveillance scandal unfold

    Meanwhile the former CIA employee who suddenly burst into headlines around the globe by revealing himself as the source of top-secret leaks about U.S. surveillance programs has just as quickly gone to ground again.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Staten Island Advance

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