Common mistake in the mean time (meantime)

Common Mistakes in English Grammar

Even for native English speakers, mastering grammar can be a challenge. Some rules and conventions can be confusing, leading to common mistakes being made. Understanding and avoiding these mistakes can greatly improve your writing and communication skills. In this article, we will discuss one common mistake and how to correct it.

Mistake: In the Mean Time (Meantime)

One commonly used idiom that is often misspelled is "in the mean time." The correct spelling for this phrase is actually "in the meantime."

Example: She was waiting for her appointment and decided to read a book in the meantime.

The word "meantime" is an adverb used in introductory phrases to indicate a temporary situation or interval. It is always spelled as one word.

Example: Meantime, let's discuss the plans for the upcoming event.

Remember: "in the meantime" is the correct phrase, not "in the mean time."

Linguix Grammar Checker can be a helpful tool in avoiding common grammar mistakes like this. By using it, you can ensure that your written content is error-free and professional.

in the mean time (meantime) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    In the mean time, I have checked your CV for mistakes.

    In the meantime, I have checked your CV for mistakes.

  • Incorrect:
    Mean while, I have corrected all your grammar mistakes.

    Meanwhile, I have corrected all your grammar mistakes.

  • Correct:
    Mean time between failures (MTBF) is the predicted elapsed time between inherent failures of a mechanical or electronic system.
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