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Meantime and Meanwhile :

Although most authorities now consider these words interchangeable, some people still prefer to use “meanwhile” when it stands alone at the beginning of a sentence:

“Meanwhile the dog buried the baby’s pacifier in the garden.”

They prefer “meantime” to be used only in the expression “in the meantime”:

“In the meantime, the dog chewed up my last tennis ball.”
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