Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(only/just) for the time being

for the time being
1) only for the moment or during a current situation
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    • only/just for the time being
  • Analysis
     Something which is 'for the time being', is intended to be temporary and not permanent. You might say "While you are sick, you can work from home for the time being." This phrase implies that you intend to review the situation or decision at a future time. You will hear this used in conversation in social and professional contexts. Adding 'only' or 'just' at the beginning of this phrase stresses the temporality of the arrangement.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Please sign in manually for the time being until we have your punch-cards registered.
    2. I will have to take public transport for the time being until my car gets fixed.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. For the time being, we are working with a handful of committed suppliers however we have plans to expand exponentially in the coming few months.
    2. You can use this desk for the time being and when a more suitable space becomes available we can relocate you.
    3. We will put this part of the project on hold for the time being until we receive some feedback from the other stakeholders.
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