mientras
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mientras(
myehn
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trahs
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (at the same time)
a. while
Lavó los platos mientras yo dormía la siesta.He did the dishes while I took a nap.
2. (during the time that)
a. as long as (followed by verb in subjunctive)
Mientras trabaje aquí, nunca podré tomarme unas vacaciones en condiciones.As long as I work here, I'll never manage to take a proper vacation.
3. (if)
a. as long as (followed by verb in subjunctive)
Mientras termines los deberes a tiempo, me da igual que escuches música o no.As long as you finish your homework on time, I don't mind if you listen to music.
4. (in contrast with)
a. whereas
Mientras que a mi hermana le encanta leer, a su esposo le encanta trabajar en el jardín.Whereas my sister loves to read, her husband loves to garden.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (at the same time)
a. meanwhile
Tu hermana va a recoger su cuarto. Mientras, tú puedes quitar el polvo del salón.Your sister is going to clean up her room. Meanwhile, you can dust the living room.
b. in the meantime
Saca al perro; mientras, puedo trapear el piso de la cocina.Take the dog out. I can mop the kitchen floor in the meantime.
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mientras
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (al tiempo que)
a. while
leía mientras comíashe was reading while eating
2. (siempre que)
a.
mientras vivaas long as I live
mientras puedaas long as I can
3. (hasta que)
a.
mientras no se pruebe lo contrariountil proved otherwise
mientras (que)whereas, whilst
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (general)
a.
mientras (tanto)meanwhile, in the meantime
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mientras
conjunction
1 (durante) while
sonreía mientras hablaba he smiled as he spoke
Me guiñó un ojo mientras arrancaba dando grandes acelerones
mientras él estaba fuera while he was out; fue bonito mientras duró it was nice while it lasted; mientras duró la guerra while o when the war was on
mientras duró la guerra vivimos en el campo tomó vacaciones y sucesivos permisos mientras duraba la investigación
2 (expresando condición) as long as
seguiré mientras pueda caminar I'll carry on (for) as long as I can still walk
mientras pueda, seguirá gobernando
no podemos comenzar mientras no venga we can't start until he comes
3 (en tanto que) while; whereas
tú trabajas mientras que yo estoy en el paro you're working while o whereas I'm unemployed
4 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (cuanto)
mientras más lo repetía, menos lo creía the more he repeated it the less I believed him; mientras más tienen más quieren the more they have the more they want
adverb
(also mientras tanto) (entre tanto) meanwhile; in the meantime
llegaré en seguida, mientras (tanto), prepáralo todo I'll be right there, meanwhile o in the meantime, you get it all ready
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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