Sometimes the reading is そのかん as in

"He disappeared in the meantime."

and sometimes the reading is そのあいだ as in

"Mother was busily cooking; in the meantime, I was just watching TV."

How to know the suitable reading of その間 in a given sentence ?


Both share the same meaning, but そのかん sounds formal and stiff, since it uses on-yomi. In speech, it's mainly used in formal greetings and such. そのかん would sound funny if used in inappropriate situations. When in doubt, you can stick to そのあいだ, which is safe in any situation.

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