mientras

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From earlier demientra, from Old Spanish domientre, influenced by the preposition de and adverbial -s (cf. a cuestas), from Latin dum + interim. Cognate to Italian mentre.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmjentɾas/, [ˈmjẽn̪.t̪ɾas]
  • Hyphenation: mien‧tras

AdverbEdit

mientras

  1. meanwhile

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ConjunctionEdit

mientras

  1. (with the indicative) while, whilst, as (at the same time as)
    Synonym: en cuanto
    Quédate aquí con los chicos mientras hablo con la gerente.
    Stay here with the kids while I talk with the manager.
  2. (with the subjunctive) as long as, so long as (expressing a condition)
    Synonym: con tal que
    Mientras llueva, me quedaré en casa.
    As long as it rains, I'll stay at home.
  3. (with the indicative) while, whereas (indicating difference)
  4. (with comparatives) however much; however many; (constructing parallel comparatives) “the..., the...”
    Synonym: cuanto
    Mientras más lo hago, más me gusta.
    The more I do it, the more I like it.

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