Both ‘while’ and ‘meanwhile’ are used to show that two things are happening at the same time.
Let’s look into ‘while’. ‘While’ is a conjunction that connects two actions or events that occur simultaneously. For example,
- “I’m watching TV while I’m eating dinner.”
This example means that both actions, watching TV and eating dinner, are taking place at the same moment.
Now, let’s move on to ‘meanwhile’. ‘Meanwhile’ is an adverb that indicates one action is happening at the same time as another action, often one that is expected or waited for. For example,
- “I’m doing my homework meanwhile my brother is playing video games.”
The sentence implies that you are doing your homework at the same time as your brother is playing video games, and you might be waiting for him to finish.
while vs as
‘As’ is a conjunction that can be used in a similar way to ‘while’ and ‘meanwhile’ to indicate that two actions or events are happening at the same time. For example,
- “I’ll cook dinner as you set the table.”
This sentence means that the two actions of cooking dinner and setting the table are happening at the same time.
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