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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. (during the same time)
Estoy aquí lavando los trastes; mientras tanto, tú estás muy cómoda viendo la tele.Here I am washing the dishes. Meanwhile, you're nice and comfy watching TV.
b. in the meantime
Ve a comprar el vino para la cena; mientras tanto, pondré la mesa.Go buy the wine for the dinner party. In the meantime, I'll set the table.
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