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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #116880: For, During, While
    > Other English exercises on the same topics: Frequent mistakes | Conjunctions | Prepositions [Change theme]
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    For, During, While


    The prepositions For, During, While are often used in time expressions.


    For is followed by a length of time, it answers the question: How long?

    -People have been standing on the bus stop for more than ten minutes.

    -I lived in Mauritius for about twenty years.


    During is followed by a noun.

    It means "throughout the period" or "in the course of" an action or event.

    -During the summer months my wife goes to the beach every day.

    -My friends always come to visit us during the summer.


    While is usually followed by a subject and a verb.

    It means "during the time when an action is taking place".

    -Monica phoned and asked for you while you were out.

    -The journalists took notes while the politician spoke.

    It is often possible to drop subject + be:

    -I normally listen to the news while ironing.

    -She broke her leg while riding her bicycle.

    While can also be a noun which means "a period of time".

    -I spoke to her on the phone for quite a while yesterday.

    -It's been a while since I saw the lady next door.


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    1. John is going to Madagascar ten weeks.

    2. They collected wild flowers walking in the forest.

    3. He was spoken to by the police for quite a today.

    4. the winter months many animals hibernate in Australia.

    5. Jody fell down heavily playing a game of squash.

    6. I haven't seen my brother for a now.

    7. Have you been playing the piano a long time.

    8. They were able to hold their breath for a minute under water.

    9. The factory was set on fire by hooligans the night.

    10. driving to work, I like to listen to music.

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