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"Beforehand" is an adverb which is often translated as "de antemano", and "meanwhile" is an adverb which is often translated as "mientras tanto". Learn more about the difference between "beforehand" and "meanwhile" below.
beforehand(
bih
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fawr
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hahnd
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in advance)
a. de antemano
I know that you're excited about executing the project, but we have to do some planning beforehand.Sé que estás entusiasmado por llevar el proyecto a cabo, pero hay que planificar un poco de antemano.
b. con antelación
Look both ways beforehand when you cross the street.Mira a ambos lados con antelación cuando cruzas la calle.
c. con anticipación
My friends accused me of cheating on the test, saying that I knew the answers beforehand.Mis amigos me acusaron de hacer trampas en el examen, diciendo que sabía las respuestas con anticipación.
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meanwhile(
min
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wayl
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in the meantime)
a. mientras tanto
Alicia said she's on her way. Meanwhile, we can wrap her birthday present.Alicia dijo que viene en camino. Mientras tanto, podemos envolver su regalo de cumpleaños.
b. entretanto
Roger is still getting ready to leave. Meanwhile, let's watch TV.Roger se está preparando para salir. Entretanto, vamos a ver la tele.
2. (at the same time)
a. mientras tanto
It's snowing in Siberia. Meanwhile, in Brazil it's really hot.Está nevando en Siberia. Mientras tanto, en Brasil hace mucho calor.
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