Quick answer
"While" is a conjunction which is often translated as "mientras", and "as long as" is a phrase which is often translated as "siempre y cuando". Learn more about the difference between "while" and "as long as" below.
while(
wayl
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (during)
a. mientras
I love listening to music while I clean the house.Me encanta escuchar música mientras limpio la casa.
2. (as long as)
a. mientras
You will keep your job while I am the boss.Mientras yo sea el jefe, mantendrás tu trabajo.
3. (although)
a. aunque
While he is a good match, her parents do not like him.Aunque sea un buen partido, a los padres de ella no les gusta.
4. (whereas)
a. mientras que
I love the mountains while my husband prefers the sea.Me encantan las montañas mientras que mi marido prefiere el mar.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (time)
a. el rato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
After a while, I realized I was on the wrong bus.Después de un rato, me di cuenta de que estaba en el autobús equivocado.
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as long as(
ahz
 
lang
 
ahz
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (provided that)
a. siempre y cuando
As long as you finish your homework, you can go out to play.Siempre y cuando termines tu tarea, puedes salir a jugar.
b. siempre que
I don't care where we live as long as we're together.No me importa dónde vivimos, siempre que estemos juntos.
c. con tal de que
She accepts everyone's opinion, as long as they agree with her.Acepta la opinión de todos, con tal de que estén de acuerdo con ella.
2. (while)
a. mientras
I'm not leaving the house as long as it's raining.No salgo de casa mientras esté lloviendo.
3. (since)
a. puesto que
As long as you are going to the store, can you bring me some milk?Puesto que vas a la tienda, ¿me puedes traer leche?
4. (measurement)
a. tan largo como (length)
I saw a crocodile as long as a car in Egypt.Vi un cocodrilo tan largo como un coche en Egipto.
b. el tiempo que (time)
You can stay as long as you want.Te puedes quedar el tiempo que quieras.
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