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at the same time

This page is about the conversational phrase at the same time

Meaning

You can use this to introduce another fact or view that should be considered alongside those already mentioned.

For example

  • "Don't you want your kids to be safe?"
    "Of course I do. But at the same time, I want them to be free enough to enjoy their lives."

  • "We have to develop our economy."
    "True. But at the same time, we have to protect our forests and rivers."

Note:
Also has a literal meaning, as in "We arrived at the same time."

Quick Quiz

I said, "Shouldn't we live for today?" and Dad said, "Sure, but at the same time

a. don't forget about the future."

b. don't worry about the future."

c. don't think about the future."

Contributor: Matt Errey