entretanto

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USAGE NOTE
This word may also be spelled "entre tanto” when used as an adverb.
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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).
adverb
1. (in the interim)
a. meanwhile
Me fui de compras y entretanto mi novio se quedó en casa jugando videojuegos.I went shopping and meanwhile my boyfriend stayed at home playing videogames.
b. in the meantime
Juan pintó el salón y entretanto yo desempolvaba los muebles.Juan painted the living room and in the meantime I dusted the furniture.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
2. (interim)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
En el entretanto del cambio de turno, el preso se fugó de la prisión.During the shift change, the prisoner broke out of the prison.
En el entretanto de buscar una casa, vivíamos en un piso.While looking for a house, we lived in an apartment.
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entretanto
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (general)
a. meanwhile
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
2. (general)
a.
en el entretantoin the meantime
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entretanto
adverb
meanwhile; meantime
conjunction
entretanto esto se produce until this happens
meantime
en el entretanto in the meantime
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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