Meanwhile and eventually

 

Q:

Can these two connectors be classified as sequential logical connectors even though they are not synonyms?

What about these sentences with the above connectors, are they grammatically correct?

1.

The students are learning to program, so they can´t start the project yet. Meanwhile, we have to do the work ourselves.

2.

He worked hard as a teacher, and eventually got the promotion he was expecting.

vera
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Posted 17 December 2001

A:

"Sequential logical connectors" seems to be a good description for both these adverbs, "meanwhile" and "eventually." Both examples are perfect. Each could also be written with a semi-colon in a formal writing style:

1.

The students are learning to program, so they can't start the project yet; meanwhile, we have to do the work ourselves.

2.

He worked hard as a teacher; eventually, he got the promotion he was expecting.

Your sentences flow more naturally and conversationally, however.

Rachel