A Google cache can show a web page as it appeared at a point in time in the past:

On a particular google cache page, this caption was found:

It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Jul 25, 2014 17:36:27 GMT. The current page could have changed in the meantime.

what does "in the meantime" mean in this context. According to dictionaries, "meantime" requires two referent points in time. While July 25, 2014 is one, it is not clear what other reference point in time is. Dictionaries seem to suggest that the second reference point could be a point in time in the past or future.

  • It can't be a future point in time—the sentence has could have, locating the change sometime before now.
    – user230
    Jul 30 '14 at 6:34
  • @snailplane Would "The current page could have changed since" be better?
    – meatie
    Jul 30 '14 at 10:55
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    No, it's better the way it is.
    – user230
    Jul 30 '14 at 15:21
  • @snailplane But, "since" also includes the period of time up to the present
    – meatie
    Jul 31 '14 at 2:46
  • @snailplane The more I reread the original sentence and dictionaries, the more I think the original sentence is poorly written, because the second reference point in time is never indisputably indicated.
    – meatie
    Jul 31 '14 at 13:42

The phrase in the meantime is an adverbial phrase and it simply means during a particular time. Obviously, when it's during some time, it will have two points of time.

in the meantime - During the intervening time

If you see, it reads the current page which means the page that you are seeing now. In the meantime is from the date specified (July 25, 2014) till the time you are seeing that page.

Google cache takes a snapshot of almost all websites periodically. It simply means that the page is cached by Google. You can perform that action using [cache: URL] in Chrome. As I'm an SEO content writer, I can say that Google cache is very important to us. If the page is very new, it'll not display anything unless it's been cached by the bot.


It does have two reference points, but the second one is less obvious.
The time period is July 25, 2014 17:36:27 GMT - current time.


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