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For /During /While
When you start learning English, and even later , it may be difficult to admit that there are many different ways to express the same idea. Then, as you know several words or phrases meaning the same thing, it becomes fundamental to distinguish the differences between the varied expressions, and to understand how to build them and when to use them.
1) During indicates the moment when an action takes place. It's the answer to a WHEN ? question. It corresponds to a dot on the line of Time. It's followed by a noun.
ex : 'When will he arrive?' 'During the weekend. '
ex : 'When did the teacher give this exercise ?' 'During the lesson, on Friday !'
ex : 'Has he worked during the test ?' 'Of course, he has !'
2) For indicates a duration. It's the answer to a 'How long ?' question. On the line of Time, it corresponds to a segment of line and expresses a length of time. It's followed by a noun.
Ex: 'How long has he been in France ?' 'For a month'.
Ex: 'I was so angry with my friend that I didn't call her for a week'.
Ex : 'How long will you be working for him ?' 'For a month, at least, perhaps two'.
3) While is followed by a verb.
Ex : Will you please keep quiet while I'm working ?
Ex : 'When did you meet him ?' 'During my stay in NYC, while doing my internship there.'
Ex : While you're here, can you ask him a few questions, please?
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